A fantasy football company partly owned by Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has been tackling the NFL in court, but has finally given up the fight for a fan-centric convention.
On Tuesday, an email went out to fans with tickets to the July event letting them know there will be no convention:
To our incredible fans,
Connecting you to your favorite North Texas sports teams as well as sports news around the globe.
We are deeply disheartened to be sharing this news with you today, but as a loyal fan we wanted you to be among the first to know that due to the ongoing actions of the National Football League, and after painstaking internal deliberation, we will be announcing the postponement of the inaugural National Fantasy Football Convention to a to-be-determined later date.
First and foremost we want to offer our assurance that you will receive a full refund for your tickets within the next 30 days and express our deepest gratitude for your fandom and support of the NFFC experience, as it has made everything we’ve built toward possible.
We’ve arrived at this decision to postpone only after lengthy and heart-wrenching deliberations, but the NFL’s blatant and continued interference has fractured beyond recovery our capacity to deliver the opportunities the NFFC had intended to provide.
We now leave it in the hands of the courts in full confidence that we will one day soon be able to bring the NFFC and these incredible experiences to life.
Thank you so much for your continued support of the NFFC. We know you will certainly have questions for us, and feel free to contact us at Info@GoNFFC.comand we will get back to you as promptly as possible.
The NFFC Staff
The inaugural event was supposed to be last summer in Las Vegas, but was called off after organizers accused the NFL of threatening players with fines or suspensions if they participated because of the venue's ties to gambling.
In April, Fan Expo LLC, went to court claiming the NFL was interfering with a second attempt by asking sponsors not to participate because of pending litigation stemming from a lawsuit filed after last year's event was called off.
The rescheduled event was scheduled for the Pasadena Convention Center from July 15-17.
The event was supposed to include panels with fantasy experts and autograph sessions with players. Six participants will get to conduct a draft with six NFL players to form a 12-team fantasy league.