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NFL Tells Several Players They Can't Play In $94 Poker Tournament

Three Miami Dolphins Players Barred From FL Event


The No Fun League is at it again.

The NFL reportedly has told several players on the Miami Dolphins that they can’t participate in a $94 buy-in poker tournament Tuesday at the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek. AJ Francis, Jason Fox and Jordan Cameron all had agreed to play and were featured on an advertisement for the event.

According to TMZ, the NFL called each player and said their participation wasn’t permissible.

Francis took to his Twitter to apologize for not being able to play.

The decision from the NFL comes just days after the league told Tony Romo that he couldn’t run a fantasy football convention in Las Vegas.

According to Dead Spin, Romo compared the NFL to a jaded teenager.

“It’s like when you’re in high school and you don’t get invited to the party, it makes you feel bad,” Romo told ESPN. “If they really wanted to just be a part of it, all they had to do was call and ask."



over 6 years ago

The NFL proves over and over again what a disgusting collection of greedy corporatists they are, and have been for a while. The gregarious fun loving gamblers who founded the NFL, such as former bookie Tim Mara and beloved high roller gambler Art Rooney, must be aghast to see what these selfish bean counters have done to the original spirit of the league. This latest fiasco is almost as embarrassing as the late cancellation of Bradley Cooper on an NFL network talk show because the movie he was promoting, a touching tale of mental illness, family, and relationships, was scrapped because one of the characters in the film just so happened to portray a bookmaker, an almost irrelevant detail in the plot to boot.

The thought that these jackals are the same ones who hired Marty Gold to get the UIGEA passed in 2006, and eventually killed online poker in the U.S. makes me ill.


over 6 years ago

I can understand the need to protect your image and trademarks etc, if the players want to play poker on their own accord and were not used as advertising and directly linked to the NFL I can not see a problem, really it came down to the advertising if it was not advertised and word-of-mouth spread the same news all good.

I also hope and believe Earl is not in trouble as he was not advertising "Come play WSOP with NFL's Earl Barron"


over 6 years ago

Of course Earl Barron is not in trouble with the NFL, because he's a NBA basketball player.

And the NFL won't let any players do anything remotely connected with gambling, because they are still locked in the ridiculous notion that some player is going to get into a gambling debt and throw a game to get even, and everyone will stop watching the NFL after a point shaving scandal. It's ludicrous.