Michael Gaio
Michael Gaio joined Athletic Business in 2012, originally serving as social media manager and eMedia editor before becoming marketing director. 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. Get in touch with him on Twitter, @MichaelGaio.
  • Friday, November, 14, 2014
    Inside #ABCOrlando: Episode 3

    In this episode we bring you highlights from the trade show floor, visit with one of our speakers who offers up tips for selling the millennial generation and preview Friday's action.


  • Thursday, November, 13, 2014
    Inside #ABCOrlando: Episode 2

    We go inside Wednesday's action at the Athletic Business Conference & Expo. Highlighting the day was the annual Athletic Business Golf Classic, plus we preview what's to come on Thursday.


  • Monday, November, 10, 2014
    Inside #ABCOrlando: Episode 1

    The 2014 Athletic Business Conference & Expo is just a few days away. This year, we're launching a new video series that will take viewers inside the events at the show and preview the upcoming action. In this debut episode we provide an overview of this year's schedule and conference director Sue Searls joins the program to offer up her tips for attendees.


  • Friday, November, 07, 2014
    Are Recent Firings at Iowa Sign of Gender Bias?

    The University of Iowa has lost five female coaches in five years to resignation or firings. In August, the school fired field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum just days before the start of the season. The details surrounding Griesbaum's firing are mysterious. She was the most successful coach at the school with 169 wins and 12 winning seasons in 14 years.


  • Friday, November, 07, 2014
    U. of Maryland Eyes Cole Field House as Football Facility

    Maryland has moved from a “basketball conference” in the ACC to a “football conference” in the Big Ten, at least in the eyes of head football coach Randy Edsall.


  • Thursday, November, 06, 2014
    The Latest Example of Poor Social Media Behavior

    Jake Marchment and Greg Betzold certainly aren't the first athletes to get in trouble thanks to social media, but they are the latest. (At least that we know of.)


  • Friday, October, 31, 2014
    Reports: Michigan AD Dave Brandon Set to Resign

    It's been rumored for weeks and now it looks like it's actually going to happen.


  • Friday, October, 31, 2014
    Cal U. Cancels Game After Players Beat Man Unconscious

    California University of Pennsylvania has canceled Saturday’s football game against Gannon University after five of its players were arrested in connection with a violent beating outside a California restaurant.


  • Tuesday, October, 28, 2014
    Cleveland Cavaliers Unveil NBA's Largest Scoreboard

    A big off-season for the Cleveland Cavaliers just got even bigger. The team signed LeBron James, traded the past two number-one overall picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, unveiled a new court design and now has announced it has the largest center-hung HD scoreboard of any arena in the country.


  • Friday, October, 24, 2014
    OU Changes Sideline Policy Following Player Collision

    Photographers and videographers at Oklahoma Sooner football games will have to live without a few extra comforts after a sideline collision shook up one of Oklahoma’s star players last week.


  • 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.