Chairs Rodgers and Bilirakis Announce Subcommittee Legislative Hearing on Establishing NIL Protections for College Athletes

NCAA President set to testify on name, image, and likeness landscape

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) today announced a subcommittee legislative hearing titled “NIL Playbook: Proposal to Protect Student Athletes' Dealmaking Rights.”

“College athletes of every sport who can now benefit from their name, image, and likeness—at both large and small schools in every state—should be empowered to succeed and protected from bad actors. Our top priority is to preserve the future of college athletics with a national standard that sets clear rules of the road for players, agents, and collectives alike,” said Chairs Rodgers and Bilirakis. “Every member on this committee takes great pride in the colleges and universities in our home states. We all want our student athletes to flourish—both on and off the field. We look forward to hearing from witnesses, including NCAA President Charlie Baker, and other representatives from the collegiate sports community as we continue our work to protect the rights of all student athletes.”

Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce hearing titled “NIL Playbook: Proposal to Protect Student Athletes' Dealmaking Rights.”

WHAT: A legislative hearing to discuss a name, image, and likeness (NIL) proposal led by Subcommittee Chair Gus Bilirakis.

DATE: Thursday, January 18, 2024

TIME: 10:30 AM ET

LOCATION: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

The following draft legislation will be discussed:

CLICK HERE to read a joint statement from Chair Bilirakis, Rep. Dingell (D-MI), and Senator Lujan (D-NM).

This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be live streamed online at If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Jessica Herron at If you have any press-related questions, please contact Sean Kelly at