Athletic Business launched its debut editorial issue in 1977 (as well as a Buyers Guide issue in 1976). A lot has changed during that time. Take a look and help us celebrate, and come back throughout the year to check out more additions!

Our Evolving Industry

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 A Changing Media Company

When Athletic Business first launched, we lived in a world without internet and email, and computers were a luxury for businesses. Take a look at how the evolution of technology shaped AB--and some of the key people who have played an integral part in our success.

The AB Show is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year! |

Covering it Quick: AB Covers Through the Years

Revisit Our First Year


April/May 1977 

August 1977 October 1977 December 1977 

Visit our digital archive to check out issues from the past decade.

Be a Part of the Story

We're not the only ones with a story to tell! Have a story to tell, a memory to share? A favorite AB article, maybe? Whether you’ve been in the industry for 40 years or 40 days, we want to hear it! Throughout the year, we’ll be featuring stories from our audience, online and in print. Share you story here. 

Moving Forward, Looking Back

Throughout 2017, we'll be featuring a different article each week from our archives, recalling some of the most-read articles and most-impactful coverage of the industries we serve. Check back each week for a new article!

January 2: How Stadium Construction Costs Reached the Billions 
January 9: Helmet Manufacturers Collaborate to Meet New NOCSAE Standard
January 16: The Great Turf Debate
January 23: Avoiding Injury-Related Lawsuits 
January 30:Tracing the Evolution of Sports Medicine
February 7: New Developments in Physical Testing for Students/
February 14: 
Designing Facilities to Meet Future Needs