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Thursday, February 21, 2008
Commissioners, union leaders to appear before subcommittee

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Congress will take yet another look at drugs in sports next week, with a hearing that will feature top names from all four major professional leagues, the NCAA and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

A House subcommittee, working separately from the committee that held last week's hearing featuring Roger Clemens, is holding a hearing Wednesday on "Drugs in Sports: Compromising the Health of Athletes and Undermining the Integrity of Competition."

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NBA commissioner David Stern and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman are scheduled to testify in the session before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. Also on the witness list are players' union executive directors Donald Fehr (baseball), Gene Upshaw (NFL), William Hunter (NBA) and Paul Kelly (NHL).

Another panel includes USOC chief executive officer Jim Scherr, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart, NCAA president Myles Brand, National Federation of State High School Associations executive director Robert Kanaby and National Thoroughbred Racing Association CEO Alexander Waldrop.

Former Sen. George Mitchell, who in December released a report on drug use in baseball, will not attend but is expected to submit written testimony.

No players are scheduled to appear, as was the case last week when Clemens appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The hearing, originally scheduled for Jan. 23, is similar to one the subcommittee held in May 2005, two months after the reform committee's hearing that featured Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro. The subcommittee also held a hearing that year on college football's Bowl Championship Series.