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, August, 27, 2014
    High School Coach Fired After Pop Gun Hazing Incident

    What was supposed to be a night of fun and team-building has instead cost a Minnesota high school dance coach her job and divided supporters of the team in the process. The Cannon Falls school board voted Monday not to renew the contract of Madi Salisbury, the head coach of the Bomber Dance Team, due to a July 25 incident at the school's auditorium.


  • Tuesday, August, 26, 2014
    Football Player Who Died at 25 Had Severe CTE

    A new report from the Associated Press has found disturbing information about the death of former college football player Michael Keck.


  • Tuesday, August, 26, 2014
    Timelapse Video: Baylor's McLane Stadium Construction

    It's a great time to be a Baylor Bear. The Bears open the football season ranked in the nation's top 10, but perhaps more important, the university opens brand new McLane Stadium. In the video below, watch more than two years of work go by in just two minutes.


  • Thursday, August, 21, 2014
    Video: 2014 Facilities of Merit Preview

    The Architectural Showcase is always one of the highlights of the year here at Athletic Business. We invite architects, builders, consultants and facility owners to submit their best work from the previous three years. The difficult part is choosing just 10 of these outstanding facilities to earn the honor of being recognized as our Facilities of Merit.


  • Wednesday, August, 20, 2014
    Notre Dame Unveils New Under Armour Uniforms

    First Notre Dame installs synthetic turf at its football stadium and now this? Is nothing sacred?


  • Tuesday, August, 19, 2014
    Nike's LED Basketball Court a Sight to Behold

    Nike is known for designing futuristic shoes, clothes and now, basketball courts.


  • Friday, August, 15, 2014
    Photos: Ohio College Adds Red Turf to Baseball Field

    Colored synthetic turf fields at athletic facilities are nothing new. From Boise State's famed "smurf turf" blue to gray to black, we've seen fields in several colors other than green. But it's not everyday we see a baseball field go the colored turf route.


  • Wednesday, August, 13, 2014
    Mississippi State Wows With Plans for Baseball Stadium

    Mississippi State is raising the bar when it comes to college baseball facilities. The school unveiled a $40 million plan for Dudy Noble Field on Tuesday that "aims to remake the Bulldogs’ home ballpark into the finest in college baseball." Looking at the renderings, and the fly-through video below, it's clear that goal isn't just hyperbole.


  • Friday, August, 08, 2014
    Detroit Arena Forced to Improve Disability Access

    The Detroit Red Wings may soon have a new home, but in the meantime, some upgrades are in order for their current one.


  • Thursday, August, 07, 2014
    USC to Offer 'Toes-on-the-Turf' Premium Seating

    The latest trend coming to football stadiums is "toes-on-the-turf" experiences. Aside from strapping on a helmet and making a tackle, seating arrangements that allow fans to watch the game while standing on the playing surface are bringing them as close to the action as possible.


  • 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.