The lame duck Senate session will include a visit from the four commissioners of the major American sports. Lawmakers apparently want to be filled in on what a private industry—sports—is doing to make sure their players are not beating up women or children. Absent from the roster at this point are soccer officials even though one of the first profile American women’s soccer players, Hope Solo has been accused of domestic assault.
The news that a United States Senate Committee has called a December 2 hearing summoning the Commissioners of the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League to discuss domestic violence problems in sports should not come as a surprise. Even though the Senate cannot dictate conduct rules and disciplinary action because of collective bargaining agreements, they can nudge the leagues and the players to take a second look at discipline.
This article was republished with permission from the author, Evan Weiner. Read more at http://www.sportstalkflorida.com/senate-to-discuss-sports-domestic-abuse-problems/#VZ3FkK3MLmJyL1uU.99