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, April, 11, 2014
    Mavs' PA Announcer Blasts Refs on Twitter, Gets Benched

    Dallas Mavericks public address announcer Sean Heath has been suspended for two games by the NBA after a series of tweets criticizing the league.

    The story began when Dallas, currently clinging to the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race, lost an overtime game to the Golden State Warriors on April 1. The day after the 122-120 Mavericks loss, league officials acknowledged that Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal should have been called for goaltending when he blocked a Dallas shot attempt that would have put the Mavs ahead with 16 seconds left in overtime.

    After the game, Heath turned to Twitter to publicly accuse the the NBA of being rigged. Danny Crawford, who is mentioned in the tweets, is one of the officials who worked the Dallas Golden State game.

    On Thursday the league announced Heath would be suspended for two games, but according to ESPN granted a request from the Mavs to postpone the suspension for one game to give the team time to find a suitable replacement. According to ESPN, Heath is known for his "high volume and passion."

    With the season winding down, Heath will miss the team's final regular season game and then either the first playoff game or the team's home opener next year should Dallas fail to make the playoffs.


  • Thursday, April, 10, 2014
    Video: Stunning Pregame Show Tranforms Ice Rink

    Last month, Athletic Business introduced our readers to the newest trend hitting sports facilities around North America: venues turning their playing surfaces into a 3-D video displays. The technology behind it is incredible, as are the final results.


  • Wednesday, April, 09, 2014
    Civic Group Ties Bucks Arena Support to Rec Upgrades

    The Milwaukee Bucks want a new arena to replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center. A Milwaukee community group known as "Common Ground" wants better public athletic facilities, playgrounds and recreational spaces. Together, they might both get what they're asking for.


  • Monday, April, 07, 2014
    Rutgers AD Back in Headlines with Headline Comment

    Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann is not making any friends with the local media.


  • Thursday, April, 03, 2014
    NJ High Schools Preparing for New Safety Mandates

    New Jersey high schools will soon have new rules in place aimed at keeping student-athletes safer.


  • Tuesday, April, 01, 2014
    Worker's Death Halts World Cup Stadium Construction

    Another worker has died during construction of a World Cup stadium in Brazil, the AP reports. Fabio Hamilton da Cruz, 23, died Saturday after falling about 26 feet at the construction site of the stadium that will host Brazil's World Cup opener in Sao Paulo.

    Brazilian authorities say the initial investigation into the accident showed he likely wasn't wearing a required safety cable. The police official in charge of investigating the accident said initial witness accounts showed worker Fabio Hamilton da Cruz was not connected to his safety cable because he only had a "quick thing" to finish at the site.

    According to the AP, this is the seventh death of a worker at World Cup venues so far.

    As I wrote in a December 2013 story about another stadium consturction death in Brazil, "Preparations for the World Cup have also been plagued by delays, accidents, cost overruns, and public anger over government waste that contributed to massive nationwide street protests last year."

    Brazil promised that all 12 World Cup stadiums would be completed by the end of last year, but six still remain under construction.

    In the case of Hamilton da Cruz, he was working to add about 20,000 temporary seats to the Sao Paulo stadium which wanted to increase capacity for the opening match between Brazil and Croatia.

    Labor officials have halted construction in the part of the stadium where Hamilton da Cruz died. The World Cup begins June 12th.

     


  • Wednesday, March, 26, 2014
    Athletes' Unionization Attempt Scores Major Victory

    In their attempt to unionize college athletes, the Northwestern football players and the recently formed College Athletes Players Association scored a major victory on Wednesday.


  • Wednesday, March, 26, 2014
    Navy Freshman Dies After Collapse at Football Practice

    Navy freshman football player Will McKamey died while in a coma Tuesday night, three days after he collapsed during a Midshipmen football practice. He was 19.


  • Monday, March, 24, 2014
    Showtime: Turn Playing Surfaces into 3-D Video Boards

    Hardwood ripples. Free-throw lanes rise. Game footage rolls and championship banners unfurl in an unexpected space — the playing surface. Welcome to the next generation of in-arena entertainment.


  • 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, 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.