Category: Adam Naylor

Experts Media Alert – Tom Brady and “Deflategate”

July 29th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Chris Cakebread, College of Communication, Frank Shorr, Michael Harper, News Releases, Questrom School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, Susan Fournier 0 comments

Months after the “Deflategate” controversy sprung up in the wake of the New England Patriots‘ AFC Championship win against the Indianapolis Colts in January, NFL officials have again ruled to uphold Patriots QB Tom Brady’s four game suspension. Guilty or not, Brady will have to take the issue up in federal court to have his punishment reduced or revoked.

The following Boston University professors are available to comment:

Legal issues

Michael Harper, a School of Law professor, is available to discuss the appeal process and what Brady’s next steps may be. Contact Harper at 617-353-4422 or

Branding, advertising and image

Susan Fournier, a Questrom School of Business professor, can speak to what effect “Deflategate” will have on Tom Brady’s personal brand, as well as the Patriots’ brand. Contact Fournier at 508-878-5382 or

Chris Cakebread, a College of Communication advertising professor, can also comment on the effect this controversy will have on branding and advertising. Contact Cakebread at 617-353-3476 or

Frank Shorr, a College of Communication senior lecturer and expert in sports broadcasting, is available to comment on how “Deflategate” will affect the team’s image. Contact Shorr at 781-521-0416 or


Adam Naylor, a School of Education professor, can comment on “Deflategate” with regard to the nature of cheating. Contact Naylor at 617-358-6010 or

For additional commentary by Boston University experts, follow us on Twitter at @BUexperts

Overcoming collapse no gimme for most

June 24th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Boston Herald, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Adam Naylor, School of Education

When Dustin Johnson missed a putt that he’s probably hit a million times, albeit this one coming on the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open, tournament golfers the world over could empathize with the man walking off the 18th green at Chambers Bay…

Expert quote:

“I think the first thing is it’s not as much what I say and do it’s almost allowing them to grieve for a little bit. As hokey as that sounds, that’s the best thing you can do is live with the ‘that kind of sucks’ for a little while. If it’s something really important in your life and you lose it, you are going to get a little sad, get a little angry, hopefully just a little. But you’ve got to go through those steps before you can truly start stepping forward.”

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The Conversation US – Adam Naylor

June 11th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Education, The Conversation US 0 comments

To excel in youth sports, kids need couch time

Adam Naylor, Boston University

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…

Charles Dickens could easily have been writing about the present state of sports. The speed, strength and explosiveness of the modern athlete is mind-blowing.

Accordingly, there’s a growing enthusiasm (and a huge market) for training, teaching and supporting young athletes. Elite sports performance and medicine services are available to all with a credit card, and if a family desires, a passionate and competent coach and advisor can be hired.

This may not be a good thing. Forget the popular (yet very real) concern that pushing a young athlete toward athletic excellence can lead to burnout, dropout and even mistreatment or abuse.

Surprisingly, research has shown that encouraging youth to achieve athletic excellence can also lead to young athletes not fulfilling their athletic potential.


Grit’s Dilemma – Athletic Persistence is a Complex Construct

May 15th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Blogs, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Education 0 comments

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By Adam Naylor, School of Education

Grit” is a hot term in educational psychology at the moment…

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With equipment, athletes often play games with the rules

May 10th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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In the jargon of the Wells Report, it is more probable than not that NFL quarterbacks other than Tom Brady prefer — and play with — footballs outside the permissible range of inflation of 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch…

Expert quote:

“It’s an element that gives you a sense of control. You don’t get to decide how the other team plays. But you’ve maximized your equipment in an uncontrollable situation. The more control we feel, the less anxiety we have. If you’re in control of your equipment, it subtly seems to take the edge off.”

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Two Years Since Bombing, Marathon Might Be Even More Mental Than Physical

April 20th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor,, Kermit Crawford, Newsmakers, School of Education, School of Medicine 0 comments
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It has been two years since the Boston Marathon bombings…

Expert quotes:


“There can be really an array of feelings of thoughts and of activities that individuals have, in part depending on how directly impacted they were or how they may have experienced something previously.”


“The turn onto Boylston Street will be more emotional than ever. If you understand the psychology of the marathon, it’s the middle that gets tough, and if you add this layer on [since the bombings], you’re going to end up seeing the spots where people were pulled off the course.”

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Experts Media Alert – Boston 2024 Olympics

March 18th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Experts Media Alert, Frank Shorr, James O'Connell, Japonica Brown-Saracino, News Releases, Terrance Regan, Tom Whalen, Virginia Greiman 0 comments

Earlier this year, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selected Boston as their choice to be considered as host of the 2024 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee will select the host city in September 2017.

The city of Boston and the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee will hold a series of public meetings to give residents from around the city an opportunity to “discuss the benefits of hosting the Games and impact on the City.”

The following Boston University experts are available to comment on a Boston Olympics:


Terrance Regan, an adjunct professor of city planning and urban affairs in BU’s Metropolitan College, is an expert in transportation policy, finance, and intelligent transportation systems. He recently spoke with NECN on how to fix the MBTA following disruption of service following recent Boston blizzards. He went into greater detail on this subject in a Q&A with BU Today.
Regan can be reached at 617-353-2000 or

James O’Connell, a professor of city planning in Metropolitan College, is an expert in city planning, economic development, and urban affairs. In a recent article in BostInno on Boston’s selection, O’Connell said, “Other cities and regions are twisting themselves into contortions to develop the innovation economy and quality of life that Boston has. Boston needs expanded transportation and housing. And the Olympics may be the best way to obtain that.”
O’Connell can be reached at 617-353-6000 or

Virginia Greiman, an assistant professor in BU’s Metropolitan College, is an expert in infrastructure development, mega-project management, privatization and project finance. She served as deputy chief legal counsel and risk manager on Boston’s “Big Dig” road project.
Greiman can be reached at 617-353-3000 or

Hosting an Olympics

Adam Naylor, a clinical psychology professor in BU’s School of Education, is an expert on sports psychology. He recently spoke about the psychological effects of hosting the Olympic Games. “There’s no doubt sports can bring communities together, add excitement and add good feelings. There’s a lot of science to say that when people cheer together, they come together and there’s positive emotions, and some studies have shown that there’s some positive mental health benefits.”
Naylor can be reached at 617-358-6010 or

Frank Shorr, a senior lecturer in the College of Communication, is an expert in sports broadcasting. He is also the Director of The Sports Institute at Boston University. He recently commented on a major issue facing Boston in hosting the Olympics: “People forget that the city of Boston has a population of about 750,000, and as much as it is a really cosmopolitan city and a city that people flock towards, it’s very small. Getting around and trying to move from place to place is the major hurdle in getting the bid.”
Shorr can be reached at 617-353-5163 or

Japonica Brown-Saracino, an associate professor of sociology, is an expert in community, urban, and cultural sociology. Her research includes the exploration of social preservation and gentrification.
Brown-Saracino can be reached at 617-358-6675 or

Political issues

Tom Whalen is a political and presidential historian. His most recent book is JFK and His Enemies.
Whalen can be reached at 617-353-4785 or

For additional commentary by Boston University experts, follow us on Twitter at @BUexperts

We asked two local academics why you care so much about the Patriots

February 4th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Metro, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Patriots Nation should be grateful for Deflate-gate and all the haters,…

Expert quote:

“We certainly are, but they’re ours. We invest in them and they give us emotional pleasure. It’s a slight escape from our daily lives.”

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Deflategate: Why would professional teams feel the need to cheat?

January 21st, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Christian Science Monitor, Newsmakers, School of Education 0 comments

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Adam Naylor, School of Education

As the NFL works out whether the weather or the New England Patriots were responsible for deflating 11 of the New England Patriots‘ 12 game balls to levels significantly below the NFL’s requirements during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, fans and sports psychologists are talking about the culture of “bracketed morality” that makes cheating a more believable cause…

Expert quote:

“In sports we call this ‘bracketed morality’ when certain moral and ethical behaviors we have in real life don’t have a place on the playing field, or in pro-sports culture. It’s a very insular world and culture that coaches and players live in. So, as long as people around the team are happy with what they’re doing, what people in media and on the outside are saying has no effect on them.”

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Crisis of Confidence

January 9th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Education 0 comments

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By Adam Naylor, School of Education

Self-confidence translates poorly… across cultures and onto the playing field. When sitting with a handful of East Asian athletes and discussing characteristics of an excellent competitor, the term “self-confidence” arose in the discussion. The excessively polite silence and the slightly uncomfortable body language that followed the term being bandied about told the story. The concept of “self-confidence” was problematic to them…

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