The National Fantasy Football Convention (NFFC) scheduled for July 10-12 in Las Vegas has been cancelled. The event, scheduled since March, would have been held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, where no gaming is offered on site. The reason given for the cancelation Friday was NFL policy that forbids personnel from receiving compensation for participating in events sponsored by, or held at casino properties. Possible penalties for players skirting the rule include fines and possible suspensions.
Fantasy Football fans would have had the opportunity to meet and greet up to 100 players including presenter, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Other notable names on the roster included Dez Bryant, Rob Gronkowski, DeMarco Murray, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, and Jason Witten.
This year’s NFFC would have been the first, with interest in the pastime growing daily. Refunds will be issued for those who registered. It’s unlikely that airfare and accomodation compensation will be provided to those who booked early. The event has been rescheduled for 2016 in Los Angeles.
The NFFC website states, “To our registrants, in the coming weeks, we will be reaching out to you to handle this matter personally, providing each of you with a choice of either a full refund or a significant complementary benefit package for the 2016 Convention, in our appreciation and gratitude for your support.”
Fantasy Sports fans who had thoughts about attending the July 17-19 Fantasy Sports Combine at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore may want to think twice before making any plans. That event would presumably fall under the same rules.
“Players and NFL personnel may not participate in promotional activities or other appearances at or in connection with events that are held at or sponsored by casinos.”