Chair Cantwell Statement on Supreme Court Decision on College Athletics

June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement following the Supreme Court’s decision in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) vs. Alston.

“Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court makes clear that the status quo in college athletics is untenable. Student athletes are the ones creating tremendous value and providing entertainment for millions with their talent, hard work and skill—and NCAA policies must reflect that reality.  This decision gives new urgency to the bipartisan work we are doing to set a nationwide standard for student athletes that gives them control of their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) as well as providing additional health benefits and standards.”