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.
  • Thursday, February, 20, 2014
    Texas A&M Adding Largest Video Board Among Colleges

    Texas A&M is going all out with its makeover of Kyle Field. Already a revered stadium in college football with a capacity of 82,589, Texas A&M is spending $450 million to expand and improve the venue.




    Never mind the fact that $450 million is more than several entirely new college stadiums cost (such as Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, which opened in 2009, or Baylor's McLane Stadium, which opens this year) the Aggies want to have the "Greatest venue in the history of college football," according to their website. And part of accomplishing that goal will be including a 47-by-163-foot video board, the largest in college athletics. For comparison, each side of the video board in Dallas' AT&T Stadium is 72-by-160-feet.

    According to the Houston Chronicle, Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp announced the addition of the video board on Tuesday. The 7,661-square-foot board will be about twice the size of A&M's previous video board.

    "It's another intimidating feature of the redevelopment of Kyle Field," sharp told the Chronicle.

    Other intimidating features will include the addition of about 20,000 seats, boosting capacity to 102,500. That will make Kyle Field the largest stadium in Texas and in the Southeastern Conference. Additionally, Populous, the architectural firm designing the renovation, will add two canopies on the stadium's east and west sides for the purpose of amplifying crowd noise.

    "These canopies will not only offer shade to patrons, but also reflect the crowd noise back down into the stands and onto the field," said Craig Kaufman, a senior associate with Populous.




    The stadium renovation began immediately following A&M's final home game in November 2013 and is "on schedule" to be finished in time for the 2014 home opener. Capacity in 2014 will be 106,511. New suites added for the 2015 season will drop the final number to 102,500. As for filling all those seats? Texas A&M has already sold out of seating options for the 2015 season.

     


  • Wednesday, February, 19, 2014
    DirecTV's SEC Network Stance Faces Immediate Backlash

    The Southeastern Conference will launch its own television network this August. The SEC Network, which will be operated by ESPN as part of a 20-year partnership, will carry hundreds of live sporting events including 45 SEC football games this year alone. And if you know anything about the SEC, it's that its fans love college football. So when DirecTV sent an email to its customers on Wednesday telling them they "have no current plans to carry the SEC Network," you can imagine it didn't go over so well. Take a look at the backlash on Twitter:


  • Thursday, February, 13, 2014
    Photos: Niners Tout Levi's Stadium Progress

    The San Francisco 49ers are set to move into Levi's Stadium, their new $1.2 billion home, this fall. The stadium, which is being touted for its "light, airy and open" design and technological innovations such as stadium-wide WiFi, is really starting to take shape.


  • Wednesday, February, 12, 2014
    Video: Augie Nieto Prepares to Walk on IHRSA Stage

    They told him it would never happen. As the paralysis gripped Augie Nieto's body and the awful effects of ALS took away his ability to move, doctors told him he would never walk again.

    But Augie refused to listen.


  • Wednesday, February, 12, 2014
    Ten Colleges With the Most 2014 U.S. Olympians

    The 2014 US Olympic team has 230 competing athletes from 39 states. But we were curious as to where our Olympians went to college. It turns out, Business Insider already put together a list, but we've reposted it in case you missed it.


  • 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."


  • Wednesday, February, 05, 2014
    In Recruiting, Handwritten Letters Are Enduring Staple

    Wednesday is National Signing Day for prep athletes. When the student-athletes sign their Letter of Intent, it will mark the end of a months-long, or in many cases, years-long recruiting process.


  • Tuesday, February, 04, 2014
    Youth Participation in Team Sports on the Decline

    The Wall Street Journal recently published a lengthy article detailing the drop in participation in the four most-popular U.S. team sports — basketball, soccer, baseball and football. The results are not pretty. The author examined data from youth leagues, school sports groups and industry associations from 2008 to 2012.


  • Monday, February, 03, 2014
    Study Shows Concussion Risk 'Dependent on Helmet'

    As of today, football season is officially over. But research into protecting the game's players has no offseason. A new study published by the Journal of Neurosurgery says the risk of suffering a concussion after a head injury may be dependent on what type of helmet a player is wearing.


  • Friday, January, 31, 2014
    Petco Park Transformed to Host Tennis and It Looks Awesome

    Petco Park, typically the home of the San Diego Padres, will host tennis for the first time ever this weekend. The stadium has been transformed to host the Davis Cup in what is usually left-center field of one of baseball's most beautiful stadiums.


  • 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.