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E&C Announces Hearing on Compensating Collegiate Athletes for Their Name, Image, and Likeness

Sep 22, 2021
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) announced today that the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Thursday, September 30, at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, on compensating collegiate athletes for the use of their name, image, and likeness. The hearing is entitled, “A Level Playing Field: College Athletes’ Rights to Their Name, Image, and Likeness.”

“Colleges and universities generate billions of dollars from packed stadiums, merchandise sales, and television broadcast deals all based on the success of collegiate athletes,” Pallone and Schakowsky said. “These athletes deserve a system that protects their interests and well-being, including the ability to earn on their name, image, and likeness, while also maintaining the educational mission of college athletics. We look forward to exploring how best to create a fairer playing field for these hard-working athletes that contribute so much to their campuses.”

This will be a hybrid hearing that includes both in person and remote member attendance via Cisco Webex video conferencing. Members of the public may view the hearing via live webcast accessible on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website. Please note the webcast will not be available until the hearing begins.

The Committee strongly recommends that members of the media view the proceedings remotely. The Capitol and House Office Buildings currently have restricted access. Seating in the Committee room for credentialed media is very limited. Media must RSVP to their respective press gallery no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29.  

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Information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum, witnesses, testimony, and a live webcast will be posted HERE as they become available.