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Commissioners, union leaders to appear before subcommittee

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.