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, August, 07, 2014
    USC to Offer 'Toes-on-the-Turf' Premium Seating

    The latest trend coming to football stadiums is "toes-on-the-turf" experiences. Aside from strapping on a helmet and making a tackle, seating arrangements that allow fans to watch the game while standing on the playing surface are bringing them as close to the action as possible.


  • Wednesday, August, 06, 2014
    Players: Kick Synthetic Turf Out of '15 Women's World Cup

    No senior men's or women's World Cup has ever been played on synthetic turf, and a group of top international women's players would like to keep in that way.


  • Monday, August, 04, 2014
    Iowa's Free-Tuition Student Ticket Promo Goes Awry

    Attracting students to college football games is a challenge for schools across the country. As AB reported last year, even the Alabamas of the world are having a tough time drawing students away from the tailgating scene and into the stadium. Last week, the University of Iowa launched a promotion to solve this problem.


  • Monday, August, 04, 2014
    Poll: Security Screening at Prep and College Games

    More and more schools are following the lead of professional sports teams and investing in entrance screening technology. We want your opinion on the subject for an upcoming feature in Athletic Business.


  • Thursday, July, 31, 2014
    Video: Guardian 8 Pro V2 Product Demo (Sponsored)

    Perfect for protecting your athletic facilities, the Guardian 8 Pro V2 is an enhanced non-lethal tool designed to deliver layered defense and incident recording to all security professionals. Join Nick Sundberg of the Washington Redskins as he learns how to use the device in this short video.


  • Wednesday, July, 30, 2014
    UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Flooded by Broken Water Main

    UCLA's Pauley Pavilion suffered major flooding on Tuesday after a nearby water main broke sending millions of gallons of water pouring in to the school's campus.


  • Tuesday, July, 29, 2014
    Allen ISD Spending Millions to Fix Unsafe $60M Stadium

    When Eagle Stadium opened in the Dallas suburb of Allen in August 2012, it was lauded as the best high school football facility in the nation. Today it's a money pit.


  • Monday, July, 28, 2014
    VIDEO: Jaguars Debut World's Largest Video Boards

    The Jacksonville Jaguars unveiled the world's largest video boards on Saturday.


  • Thursday, July, 24, 2014
    New Vikings Stadium a 'Death Trap' for Birds?

    The new home of the Minnesota Vikings, set to open in 2016, will feature 200,000 square feet of glass. In fact, its 95-foot high pivoting doors at the main entrance will be among the largest moving glass doors in the world. All that glass, plus the world's largest transparent ethylene-tetraflouroethylene (ETFE) roof, is designed to give spectators the feeling of being outdoors, while still enjoying a climate-controlled environment.

    Great design, or one for the birds? Yes and no.


  • Thursday, July, 24, 2014
    Synthetic Turf Install Complete at Notre Dame Stadium

    It's a new era for Notre Dame football. The team took to Twitter Thursday morning to give the world its first look at the newly installed FieldTurf at Notre Dame Stadium.


  • 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.