Paul Steinbach
Paul Steinbach (paul@athleticbusiness.com) joined the Athletic Business staff in November 1999, and now holds the title of senior editor. His work covering college athletics and sports facility operation has garnered several regional and national journalism honors, including a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and currently resides with his children Jack and Libby in his hometown of West Bend, Wis. In his spare time, he enjoys mowing patterns into his backyard ballpark — the naming rights to which are still available.
  • Thursday, April, 28, 2016
    High Schools See Value in Gym Video Boards

    This article appeared in the April issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


  • Tuesday, April, 12, 2016
    Turf Industry Bolsters Defense of Crumb Rubber Safety

    This article appeared in the April issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


  • Thursday, April, 07, 2016
    Aluminum Bleachers Repurposed as Entry Wall Paneling

    This article appeared in the April issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


  • Monday, April, 04, 2016
    Fans Floored as Arena Escalator Malfunctions in Philly

    Millions of sports fans safely ride escalators to and from their seating levels in stadiums and arenas each year, but Saturday brought a reminder of what can go wrong with this mode of conveyances. After a Flyers win in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, an escalator loaded with fans suddenly sped up, causing several individuals to be hurled to the floor. At least one fan was witnessed leaping over the railing to avoid the pileup.


  • Thursday, February, 18, 2016
    Outsourcing Event Security Brings Challenges, Advantages

     

    Salim Toorabally had his suspicions. While working a turnstile at Stade de France on Nov. 13, Toorabally noticed an individual loitering near the gate. Then, that same individual began a hasty entrance on the heels of a fan heading for the stadium and a soccer exhibition between France and Germany. Toorabally instinctively slipped an arm in front of the suspicious-looking man, who explained that his cousin was supposed to bring a ticket to him but hadn't arrived yet. Toorabally denied him entrance, then waved others past his security post as he continued to keep an eye on the young, slender man in the dark jacket.


  • Tuesday, February, 02, 2016
    Strategies for Safe Handling of Field Covers

    This article appeared in the January/February issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


  • Thursday, January, 28, 2016
    Precast Design Does More Than Support Stadium Seating Deck

    This article appeared in the January/February issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


  • Thursday, January, 07, 2016
    Understanding the Ultimate Risks of Teenage Steroid Use

    This article appeared in the January/February issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

    The signs of steroid use were there. Taylor Hooton had put on 30 pounds of muscle in less than three months.


  • Thursday, December, 17, 2015
    Racquetball Courts Double as Golf Simulation Centers

    Indoor recreation space is always at a premium, even at one of the largest rec centers in the country.


  • Friday, December, 11, 2015
    Parent Strikes Coach Over Away-Game Bus Policy

    Parent-on-coach attacks — verbal and physical — are all too common in high school and youth sports, but Thursday saw a rare if not unprecedented scenario unfold in Amory, Miss.

    A boys' basketball game between Amory High School and visiting Hamilton was stopped and cancelled before the first quarter ended based not on what was transpiring on the court, but rather because Hamilton's girls' basketball coach was enforcing school policy. A Hamilton parent, upset that her desire to personally transport her son home from the game was being denied, struck Sue Verner, who had informed the parent school policy dictates that all team members ride the bus home from away games. Verner was reportedly "knocked out cold" and transported to a local hospital. The Amory gym was quickly cleared.

    As a result of the altercation, Heather Thomspon, 36, is expected to be arraigned today on charges of simple assault on a school official — a felony — after she turned herself into police Thursday night. Verner was treated for a fracture under her left eye and a gash above the other, and released from Gilmore Regional Medical Center in Amory, according to CBS-TV affiliate WCBI.


  • Monday, November, 10, 2014
    Get to Know Your Peers When Attending ABC

    This is a story about a conversation Lou Holtz and I never had.


  • Tuesday, August, 12, 2014
    Robin Williams Drew Attention to Inaugural Augie’s BASH

    Robin Williams possessed the kind of frenetic magnetism that dared you to look away. For me, it wasn’t possible. The actor/comedian’s larger-than-life persona was tailor-made for a movie screen.


  • Thursday, January, 17, 2013
    Blog: The Tangled Webs of Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o

    The twisted tales of Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o are now intertwined. Heroes to many, these athletes have lived lies before our eyes, and now those lies are unraveling within the same week.


  • Monday, December, 03, 2012
    Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus

    The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.


  • Friday, August, 17, 2012
    Blog: Cheer These Pro Athletes for Giving Back

    Assuming your membership in the Latrell "I have a family to feed" Sprewell Fan Club has expired, may we suggest a couple of options.


  • Sunday, January, 17, 2010
    Blog: Still Believing, 34 Years (and Counting) Later

    Editor's Note: AB Senior Editor Paul Steinbach authored this piece in January 2010, but with February 22nd marking the 34th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice and the U.S. men's hockey team facing off against Canada on Friday, the message still rings true.

    For nearly 30 years now, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has been an off-and-on obsession of mine.


  • Thursday, December, 10, 2009
    A Choice to Make

    There's precedent for a Catholic institution sticking with a coach despite his pro-choice stance on abortion. Rick Majerus is in his third season heading the St. Louis University men's basketball program after admitting during a TV interview at a January 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign rally that he is "pro-choice, personally." But will a Catholic institution hire a pro-choice coach? Somehow, during speculation that University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly is next in line to bear the Notre Dame football cross, the rumor spread that Kelly, an Irish Catholic who decades ago campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, is pro-choice. But no one seems to know for sure. "I searched online media archives all day today trying to find one reputable media reference to Kelly's stance on abortion," read a Tuesday post by Brooks at sportsbybrooks.com. "I found none."


  • Wednesday, November, 11, 2009
    Hit 'Em Straight

    When the AB editors dedicated our July issue to best environmental practices in the athletics, fitness and recreation industries, we managed to overlook one egregious hazard to our planet's health: golf balls.