NFL wins round in Texas court against fantasy sports

Mar 2, 2016 10:53 AM

A Texas judge has dismissed a major element of a lawsuit filed against the NFL by a company partly owned by Tony Romo over a canceled fantasy football event in Las Vegas.

Following a hearing on Monday, State District Judge Carl Ginsberg threw out a claim by Fan Expo LLC that the NFL intimidated players with threats of fines and suspensions if they participated in what the league called a gambling-related event.

“The only thing I’ll say is that the NFL is gratified with the court’s ruling, which was a careful analysis, and we believe it was the correct one,” Thad Behrens, an attorney representing the NFL, told The Dallas Morning News.

Fan Expo attorney Julie Pettit said no decision has been made on an appeal. She also said Fan Expo’s breach-of-contract claim against the NFL is still pending trial.

The Texas-based company claims the NFL initially approved the event by allowing some members of league-owned media outlets to participate. The subsequent NFL decision forced the cancellation of last July’s convention in Las Vegas.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].