Owens, Good to Chair Joint Hearing on Student Athletes 

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, March 12, at 10:15 a.m. ET, the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, chaired by Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04), and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Bob Good (VA-05), will hold a joint hearing titled “Safeguarding Student-Athletes from NLRB Misclassification.”

“As a former college athlete, I understand the challenge of balancing the demands of giving 100 percent both in the classroom and on the field,” said Chair Owens. “The current push to label student-athletes as employees undermines the primary responsibility of colleges and universities: to deliver a high-quality education. Our committee is dedicated to student success, and during this hearing, we’ll explore the far-reaching implications of the NLRB’s interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act.”

“The weaponized NLRB consistently misinterprets the National Labor Relations Act, and this may now upend college sports,” said Chair Good.Classifying athletic conferences as joint employers is absurd and opens institutions up to massive liabilities and costs, completely distorting the relationship between athletes and their universities. The NLRB’s actions will negatively impact countless student-athletes, faculty, and the entire student body at these institutions.”

What: Joint Subcommittee hearing titled “Safeguarding Student-Athletes from NLRB Misclassification”

When: 10:15 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Where: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building

Press: The hearing is open to the press and will be live-streamed on the Committee’s YouTube page.

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