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.
  • Wednesday, November, 26, 2014
    Inside #ABCOrlando: Episode 5

    In our fifth and final episode from the 2014 Athletic Business Conference & Expo, we touch on the First Timer's Reception, the Facilities of Merit, review the social media buzz at the show and take a look at next year's show in New Orleans.


  • Thursday, November, 20, 2014
    Six HS Football Players Arrested in Alleged Gang Rape

    In a recent string of ugly incidents in high school sports, Wednesday's news of an alleged gang rape by a group of Florida high school football players is perhaps the most disturbing.


  • Wednesday, November, 19, 2014
    #ABCOrlando: In Your Words

    A week ago today, the 2014 Athletic Business Conference and Expo kicked off in Orlando. With attendees from 49 states (come on, Idaho!), every Canadian province and a total of 20 countries, the social media buzz at the show was bigger than ever.


  • Wednesday, November, 19, 2014
    Niagara Basketball Team Stranded on Bus for 26 Hours

    A rough night on the court turned into an even rougher 26 hours for the Niagara University women's basketball team.


  • Saturday, November, 15, 2014
    Inside #ABCOrlando: Episode 4

    In this episode we take viewers inside the rocking networking reception, discuss the highlights of Bill Taylor's inspiring keynote speech and have footage from Friday's early-morning workouts. Check it out in this quick episode of Inside #ABCOrlando.


  • Friday, November, 14, 2014
    Inside #ABCOrlando: Episode 3

    In this episode we bring you highlights from the trade show floor, visit with one of our speakers who offers up tips for selling the millennial generation and preview Friday's action.


  • Thursday, November, 13, 2014
    Inside #ABCOrlando: Episode 2

    We go inside Wednesday's action at the Athletic Business Conference & Expo. Highlighting the day was the annual Athletic Business Golf Classic, plus we preview what's to come on Thursday.


  • Monday, November, 10, 2014
    Inside #ABCOrlando: Episode 1

    The 2014 Athletic Business Conference & Expo is just a few days away. This year, we're launching a new video series that will take viewers inside the events at the show and preview the upcoming action. In this debut episode we provide an overview of this year's schedule and conference director Sue Searls joins the program to offer up her tips for attendees.


  • Friday, November, 07, 2014
    Are Recent Firings at Iowa Sign of Gender Bias?

    The University of Iowa has lost five female coaches in five years to resignation or firings. In August, the school fired field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum just days before the start of the season. The details surrounding Griesbaum's firing are mysterious. She was the most successful coach at the school with 169 wins and 12 winning seasons in 14 years.


  • Friday, November, 07, 2014
    U. of Maryland Eyes Cole Field House as Football Facility

    Maryland has moved from a “basketball conference” in the ACC to a “football conference” in the Big Ten, at least in the eyes of head football coach Randy Edsall.


  • 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.