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 and the rest of the Bears for the university's website and a local TV affiliate. 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, 23, 2014
    AB Survey: Would You Let Your Child Play Football?

    In the December issue of Athletic Business, editor in chief Dennis Van Milligen will explore how head injuries are impacting participation in football. We're looking for input from our readers.


  • Wednesday, October, 22, 2014
    English Soccer Club Using Marijuana Lamps to Grow Grass

    Growing pristine grass in a soccer stadium in Northern England can be a difficult task this time of year. So Rochdale AFC, a soccer club in England's third division, has turned to an unusual solution.


  • Tuesday, October, 21, 2014
    Viral Video Ignites Change in San Francisco Park Policy

    Thanks to a viral video and an ensuing change of policy, teenagers in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood will no longer have to worry about being booted from their local public soccer field.


  • Friday, October, 17, 2014
    Rec Center's Carbon Monoxide Leak Sickens 11

    11 people were treated and at least one child remains hospitalized after an archery club was exposed to carbon monoxide at a Greeley, Colo. recreation center.


  • Tuesday, October, 14, 2014
    Synthetic Turf Council Responds to NBC Investigation

    By now it's likely you've seen NBC's story, "How Safe Is the Artificial Turf Your Child Plays On?" The 3,500-word story was first published on October 8th and has been the topic of a lot of conversation in the athletic and recreation industries. The video version of the story has aired on just about every NBC News program.


  • Friday, October, 10, 2014
    Big Ten Becomes First Power Conference to Guarantee Scholarships

    The Big Ten has become the first major conference to guarantee scholarships to all student-athletes through the duration of an athlete's enrollment at one of its universities.


  • 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.


  • Monday, January, 26, 2015
    UCF’s Stadium Beach Club as Goofy as It Is Unique

    Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include comments from UCF's assistant athletic director of communications, Andy Seeley.

    The University of Central Florida made news Monday with the announcement of its new “East Side Club,” a beach lounge that will be built in the middle of the school’s football stadium seating.


  • 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.