NCAA Athlete NIL Rights

June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “NCAA Athlete NIL Rights” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The hearing will address federal legislative proposals to enable athletes participating in collegiate sports to monetize their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”); improve athlete health care; and enhance scholarship protections and academic outcomes, among others. The hearing will also review recent changes in state laws around NIL. 


  • Mr. Mark Few, Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, Gonzaga University
  • Dr. Mark Emmert, President, NCAA
  • Mr. Rod Gilmore, College Football Analyst, ESPN
  • Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President, Howard University, and Chair, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s Presidents and Chancellors
  • Mr. Michael McCann, Professor of Law and Sports and Entertainment Law Institute Director, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law
  • Mr. Matthew J. Mitten, Professor of Law and Executive Director, Marquette University Law School

*Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

10:00 a.m. EDT

Full Committee (Hybrid)


This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream. Social distancing is now lifted for vaccinated members of the press who wish to attend.




Majority Statement

  • Chair Maria Cantwell

Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member Roger Wicker

Witness Panel 1