NCAA Student Athletes and NIL Rights

June 17, 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 Student Athletes and NIL Rights” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. The hearing will highlight the experiences of college athletes as Congress considers proposals to enable the athletes to monetize their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”); improve athlete health care; and enhance scholarship protections and transfer rights; among other matters.


  • Mr. Martin McNair, Father of Jordan McNair, Founder of The Jordan McNair Foundation
  • Ms. Christina Chenault, Former Division I Athlete, University of California Los Angeles (“UCLA”)
  • Ms. Kaira Brown, Student and Division I Athlete, Vanderbilt University
  • Ms. Sari Cureton, Former Division I Athlete, Georgetown University

Hearing Details:

Thursday, June 17, 2021

10:00 A.M. EDT

Full Committee


This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. 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

Witness Panel 1