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NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL set to testify to Senate committee about domestic violence in pro sports

  • National Football League (NFL) Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent becomes emotional as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on domestic violence in professional sports. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the panel, says he called for Tuesday's hearing because "until very recently, the leagues' records have not been very good" on the issue. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    National Football League (NFL) Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent becomes emotional as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on domestic violence in professional sports. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the panel, says he called for Tuesday's hearing because "until very recently, the leagues' records have not been very good" on the issue. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  (The Associated Press)

  • National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts, left, sitting next to National Hockey League Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Jessica Berman, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on domestic violence in professional sports. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the panel, says he called for Tuesday's hearing because "until very recently, the leagues' records have not been very good" on the issue. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts, left, sitting next to National Hockey League Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Jessica Berman, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on domestic violence in professional sports. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the panel, says he called for Tuesday's hearing because "until very recently, the leagues' records have not been very good" on the issue. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., speaks during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, on domestic violence in professional sports. Rockefeller says he called for Tuesday's hearing because "until very recently, the leagues' records have not been very good" on the issue. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., speaks during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, on domestic violence in professional sports. Rockefeller says he called for Tuesday's hearing because "until very recently, the leagues' records have not been very good" on the issue. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)  (The Associated Press)

Representatives of the NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA and NHL are scheduled to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee about domestic violence in professional sports.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the panel, says he called for Tuesday's hearing because "until very recently, the leagues' records have not been very good" on the issue.

Rockefeller says there is "a long list of players" charged with, or convicted of, domestic violence "and the leagues have done little to nothing in response."

Officials from the players' unions in baseball, basketball and hockey are also scheduled to appear.

The NFL Players Association will not be represented Tuesday.

Its executive director, DeMaurice Smith, sent Rockefeller a letter saying the union is establishing a commission to advise it on domestic violence.