John Affleck

Burfict Ending? Evaluating Last Week's Steelers Wild Card Game

Jan 12, 2016
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It's being called one of the greatest games in Pittsburgh Steelers history. Their come from behind 18-16 playoff victory over the arch rival Cincinnati Bengals was filled with thrilling, hold-your-breath moments. But there were plenty of ugly ones provided by several players including Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict who knocked the Steelers' two biggest offensive stars out of the game. In the wake of the release of the movie "Concussion," is this the image that the NFL wants to project? We'll put that question to John Affleck, Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society and the Director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism an Penn State.

Responding to Bad Behavior in Professional Sports

May 5, 2014
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After racist remarks from L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling were published online, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life from the NBA and fined him $2.5 million.

Veteran AP sports editor and journalist John Affleck, a Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State talked about how far sports leagues should go to clean up bad behavior, not only by owners, but coaches and players.

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In a recent op-ed for the Associated Press, sports journalist  John Affleck, examines modern sports culture and language. As evident from the title of the article, in 2013 Words Matter, Even in Sports.

“Really, I think it was the Incognito/Martin mess down in Miami that really drove it home for me that what we were really seeing this year was a set of stories where the behavior of sports figures was just completely beyond the bounds of anything you would think of as acceptable in a professional environment.”