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Romo’s fantasy football convention secures TRO against NFL


Advantage Romo. At least for now.

A Texas judge has issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the NFL from “contacting, by phone, email or otherwise, any past or present [National Fantasy Football Convention] sponsor or attendee in regard to the 2016 NFFC event, or attempting to interfere, in any way, with the 2016 NFFC event, and from taking any other action that would in any way harm the 2016 event.”

The order expires in 14 days. The NFL has been ordered to appear in court on May 11 to “show cause, if any exist, why a temporary injunction should not be issued against” the NFL.

The outcome doesn’t constitute a ruling that the NFL was interfering with the National Fantasy Football Convention. It simply prevents the NFL from doing anything that may amount to interference, pending further proceedings.

The convention, arranged in part by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, was scheduled to happen last year in Las Vegas. The case arises from a claim that the league improperly shut down the event because it was going to be held on property owned by a casino, even though no gambling happens on the property.

Still, it’s a win for Romo. While it may be short-lived, it’s still a win.