After we received a statement from the U.S. Committee of Science, Commerce, and Transportation in which Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) urges the NFL not to lock out the players and to open the books in order to help get a deal finalized, we posed two questions to his West Virginia office.
First, if a lockout occurs, will the Committee on Science, Commerce, and Transportation hold any hearings on the situation? Second, what type of legislation would the Committee consider?
“Senator Rockefeller still hopes the two sides can sort out this dispute without assistance from Congress,” said Briana Warner, Senator Rockefeller’s State Press Secretary.
Arguably implicit in this message is that, if they can’t sort out this dispute without assistance from Congress, Congress potentially will be providing some assistance.
Whether the NFL wants the assistance or not.