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, October, 09, 2014
    Muslim Woman Denied Access to Public Pool Due to Attire

    It's an age-old issue for pool managers: what is appropriate swimming attire?

    Much to the dismay of Sabah Ali, the Commerce City Recreation Center outside of Denver, did not allow her to swim while wearing clothing that conforms to her Muslim beliefs. Ali was wearing what she called an "Islamic dress" with a shirt and pants underneath.


  • Wednesday, October, 08, 2014
    Chicago Marathon Officials Preparing for Ebola Threat

    Organizing an open-access event comes with plenty of challenges. There’s coordinating the logistics, finding sponsors, and of course, organizing security to keep participants and fans safe.


  • Monday, October, 06, 2014
    Patriots All Class, Jaguars Crass on NFL Sidelines

    The New England Patriots won their game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night, but more important, won over the hearts of just about everyone watching with a touching tribute to Bengals' offensive lineman Devon Still.


  • Friday, October, 03, 2014
    Why Athletes Should Think Twice About Energy Drinks

    A new study has revealed good news and bad news for athletes who enjoy energy drinks.


  • Thursday, October, 02, 2014
    Power Conferences Make Proposals on New NCAA

    The Big Ten announced a set of initial recommendations for the NCAA on Wednesday designed to "provide enhanced benefits for student-athletes that are members in good standing with their individual universities as part of the NCAA's new autonomy governance structure." The announcement came just a day after the ACC made a similar statement and on the same day the Pac-12 announced it too had notified the NCAA of forthcoming proposals.


  • Wednesday, October, 01, 2014
    Georgia Tech Athletics Now Accepting Bitcoin

    Georgia Tech will be the first university in the world to integrate bitcoin payments into its stadium concession sales, the school announced Wednesday.


  • Tuesday, September, 30, 2014
    Proposed HS Transgender Policy Ignites Controversy

    A proposed policy change in Minnesota high school athletics regarding transgender student-athletes has fired up a heated debate across the state.


  • Tuesday, September, 30, 2014
    HS Adds Incentives to Revive the Multisport Athlete

    The multisport athlete is a rare breed these days. In fact, in his September column, our own editor in chief, Dennis Van Milligen, proclaimed the multisport athlete was dead altogether.

    "This was back when your best athletes played multiple sports — an era that appears to be ending, as sport specialization dominates the modern high school scene," he wrote.


  • Tuesday, September, 30, 2014
    The Top Five Reasons You Should Attend #ABCOrlando

    With so many exciting events - the fall's largest athletic and fitness trade show, continuing education opportunities, facility tours and networking receptions - we've outlined the top five reasons to join us for the 33rd annual Athletic Business Conference & Expo in Orlando.


  • Monday, September, 29, 2014
    Four Killed In Texas College Softball Bus Crash

    Four collegiate softball players died Friday when an 18-wheel semi truck collided head-on with their team bus. The bus was carrying the softball team from North Central Texas College and was being driven by the team's head coach when the semi crossed the median and hit the bus near Davis, Oklahoma.


  • 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.