Summary: S.2119 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (09/10/1998)

Olympic and Amateur Sports Act Amendments of 1998 - Retitles the Amateur Sports Act as the Olympic and Amateur Sports Act.

(Sec. 3) Amends the Act to define "paralympic sports organization."

(Sec. 4) Includes the Paralympic Games and amateur athletes with disabilities within the scope of the Act and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

(Sec. 5) Permits the USOC to remove a civil suit from State court to Federal district court.

(Sec. 6) Provides for: (1) establishment of an Athletes' Advisory Council; (2) USOC membership for paralympic sports organizations; and (3) USOC board of directors to be at least 20 percent amateur athletes.

(Sec. 7) Includes the International Paralympic Committee and the Pan-American Sports Organization (and their symbols) within the USOC trademark protections, including the exclusive right by the USOC to authorize such symbols' use.

(Sec. 8) Requires the USOC to have a designated agent in Colorado to receive service of process. (Current law requires an agent in each State.)

(Sec. 9) Requires reports every fourth year. (Current law requires annual reports.)

(Sec. 10) Includes the Paralympic Games within the scope of specified USOC dispute resolution provisions. Prohibits a court from granting injunctive relief against the USOC in a dispute about an athlete's participation under specified conditions. Requires the USOC to hire an ombudsman to provide athletes with free advice about their rights under such Act.

(Sec. 11) Authorizes the USOC to send an incomplete team to an event if a team roster can not be filled with qualifying athletes.

(Sec. 12) Includes the Paralympic Games within the scope of certain provisions regarding recognition of amateur sports organizations.

Requires the USOC to hold at least two public hearings before recognizing a national governing body.

Revises related provisions regarding: (1) written notifications; (2) arbitration; (3) criteria, election, and voting procedures for certain governing board athlete requirements; and (4) paralympic governing bodies.

(Sec. 13) Requires national governing bodies to distribute certain information in a timely manner to coaches, athletes, and others involved in the sport.

(Sec. 15) Requires the USOC to notify a national governing body of probation and the required corrective actions.

(Sec. 16) Requires the USOC to report to the Congress five years from the date of enactment of this Act regarding the effectiveness of its provisions.