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.
  • Monday, March, 03, 2014
    Wage Issues Halt UConn Facility Construction

    Construction of the University of Connecticut's new $33 million basketball practice facility has been put on hold due to illegal payments to workers by two of the construction companies working on the project.


  • Friday, February, 28, 2014
    'Extensive Cracking' Closes $60M High School Stadium

    Remember when Allen (Texas) High School's football stadium was making headlines for its price tag? The 18,000-seat stadium cost $60 million to build and opened in August of 2012. Today its making headlines for all the wrong reasons.


  • Friday, February, 28, 2014
    Fans, Players, Coaches Caught in Court-Storming Melee

    It's a situation any administrator or facilities professional dreads: a court-storming gone wrong. And that's exactly what happened Thursday night in Orem, Utah, after Utah Valley knocked off New Mexico State to remain atop the standings in the Western Athletic Conference.


  • Thursday, February, 27, 2014
    Sponsored Video: Inside Cybex's Manufacturing Facility

    Athletic Business recently had the exclusive opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at Cybex's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Owatonna, Minn. Our ABtv video crew met up with international club owner Ron Hemelgarn as he toured the 340,000 square-foot facility learning the ins and outs of how some of the most popular fitness equipment in the world is made.

    Can't get enough? Check out our extended version with even more details on Cybex's manufacturing process.

     

     


  • Monday, February, 24, 2014
    Video: Down Goes the Metrodome

    The 32-year-old Metrodome is dying a slow and painful death. What was once home to more than 300 events a year, "The Dome" as Minnesotans called it, is on its way to becoming nothing more than a pile of rubble. The stadium is coming down in pieces as the Vikings build their new stadium on the same site.


  • Thursday, February, 20, 2014
    Transgender Students Allowed to Play, Homeschoolers Benched in Virginia

    It was a big news week for high school athletes in Virginia.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.