Paying Student Athletes for Use of their Name, Image and Likeness

By The New England Council

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Hearings & Markups of Interest

(Due to current limited access to the U.S. Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream.)

The U.S. House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Reauthorization on Tuesday, June 15 at 10:15 a.m.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the Education Budget on Wednesday, June 16 at 10 a.m.

The House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on 1890 Land Grant Institutions on Wednesday, June 16 at 10 a.m.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a hearing on Commercial Rights of Student Athletes on Thursday, June 17 at 10 a.m.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on Supporting the Needs of Students in Higher Education & Lessons on Safely Returning to Campus on Thursday June 17 at 10 a.m.

Senate Hearing on Student Athletes’ NIL. The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on student athletes and their right to profit from the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL). On July 1, a Florida law will come into effect addressing how students may do so. Other states have passed similar laws which are also due to come into effect soon. State and federal lawmakers have called for a system for how participants in intercollegiate athletics may be compensated for endorsement deals, social media and use of their images in video games. Lawmakers said that if Congress doesn’t act, different state laws may create a patchwork of policy. The Senate Commerce Committee will also hold a hearing on the issue this week.

CDC Releases Updated Guidance on Returning to the Classroom. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance on safely reopening classrooms and campuses to students for institutions of higher education. The new guidance says that campuses where everyone is vaccinated my return to normal, in-person learning, Campus technology reports. The updates:

  • Added introduction language to reflect the latest information relevant to institutions of higher education (IHEs)
  • Added guidance on offering and promoting COVID-19 vaccination
  • Added guidance on prevention strategies for IHEs where everyone is fully vaccinated and for IHEs where not everyone is fully vaccinated
  • Added section on general considerations for all IHEs
  • Added section with additional considerations for all IHEs.

We publish the DC Shuttle each week Congress is in session featuring higher ed news from Washington collected by the New England Council, of which NEBHE is a member. This edition is drawn from the Higher Education Update in the Council’s Weekly Washington Report of June 14, 2021. For more information, please visit:


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