Michael Gaio
Michael Gaio joined Athletic Business in 2012, originally serving as social media manager before becoming eMedia editor. Prior to AB, Michael worked in the athletic department at Baylor University where he documented every move of Robert Griffin III, Brittney Griner and the rest of the Bears for the university's website. Michael, a native of Plymouth, Minnesota, is the lone Vikings fan in the AB office and a proud graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. When he's not sending tweets on AB's behalf, he enjoys playing basketball, traveling and talking about Mizzou athletics with anyone who will listen.
  • Friday, July, 18, 2014
    Breaking Down Forbes' 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams

    Forbes released its list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises in 2014 this week and the results serve as another reminder that soccer truly is the world's game.


  • Wednesday, July, 16, 2014
    Protester Risks Life to Hang Banner at MLB All-Star Game

    By almost all accounts, last night's MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis was a success. The weather cooperated, the game was entertaining and Derek Jeter had his opportunity to shine in his farewell All-Star Game.


  • Monday, July, 14, 2014
    Mississippi State, K-State Set Up Football Series via Twitter

    Mississippi State's Scott Stricklin and Kansas State's John Currie gave new meaning to social networking on Friday. In what might be a Twitter first, the two athletic directors agreed to a home-and-home football series using the social network.


  • Friday, July, 11, 2014
    College Rec Centers the Key to a Higher GPA?

    Add this to the long list of benefits provided by a campus rec center: it may help students achieve better grades.


  • Wednesday, July, 09, 2014
    Texas A&M Adds Biggest Video Board in College Sports

    Holding true to the "everything is bigger in Texas" mantra, the Texas A&M Aggies now have the biggest video board in college athletics. The new Daktronics board was finished on Tuesday and gives the Aggies the title over the University of Texas, which will have to settle for having the second biggest board.


  • Monday, July, 07, 2014
    Tokyo Residents Protest Futuristic Olympic Stadium

    In preparation of the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo has its sights set on building a $1.7 billion Olympic stadium that has been described as a "futuristic bicycle helmet." The venue would replace the city's existing 56-year-old National Stadium.


  • Thursday, June, 26, 2014
    Oklahoma Sooners Announce $370M Stadium Renovation

    The University of Oklahoma will move forward with a major renovation and modernization of its football stadium the school announced Wednesday.


  • Tuesday, June, 24, 2014
    USC to Offer Four-Year Scholarships in Revenue Sports

    The University of Southern California is joining a short list of Division I schools offering student-athletes an added sense of security with its scholarship offers.


  • Monday, June, 23, 2014
    Photo: Eastern Michigan to Install Gray FieldTurf

    Eastern Michigan University will soon be home to Division I football's first gray playing surface. The school announced last week it will install the colored FieldTurf Revolution surface at Rynearson Stadium.


  • Wednesday, June, 18, 2014
    Washington Redskins Lose Federal Trademarks

    In what's being called a "landmark decision," the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans." Due to its "disparaging" nature, the name cannot be trademarked under federal law which prohibits protection of offensive or disparaging language.


  • Friday, May, 30, 2014
    Blog: Six Facilities That Left Me Floored

    When I was invited by Regupol America to tour several athletic and fitness facilities earlier this month, I had no idea what I was in for. Working for AB, we know how important the right kind of flooring is — it impacts everything from acoustics and aesthetics to cost and usability — but it takes getting out of the office and seeing the details up close to really understand how flooring can make an impact.


  • Monday, March, 17, 2014
    News and Notes From the IHRSA 2014 Trade Show Floor

    There’s nothing like attending a good trade show, especially in the fitness industry. The equipment, the innovation, the music, the energy, the people… Whether it’s our show or IHRSA, I consider attending these shows to be one of the perks of my job.


  • Monday, February, 10, 2014
    Blog: Don't Let Sexual Orientation Define Sam

    "I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," he said. "I'm comfortable in my skin."


  • Friday, December, 13, 2013
    RG3's Best Qualities Transcend Football

    A man best known for his athletic accomplishments does his best work off the field.


  • Tuesday, October, 29, 2013
    Blog: 9 Social Media Dos and Don'ts for Student-Athletes

    A professor of mine in journalism school at Missouri once said (actually, he tweeted): "Social media is like a gun. Smart people will use it as a useful tool, not-so-smart people will shoot themselves in the foot with it."


  • Thursday, October, 10, 2013
    Blog: The Wussification Has to Stop

    First there were youth sports leagues that stopped keeping score for fear of someone having hurt feelings. Then there's the football league in California that does keep score, but penalizes the teams that win by too much. Now, it appears we've reached a level of softness even Charmin can't match.