Paul Steinbach
Paul Steinbach 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.
  • Wednesday, December, 18, 2013
    Former Sporting Goods Exec Rallies Industry Around Inactivity Epidemic

    While president of Wilson Sporting Goods at the time tennis was bouncing back from its 1990s participation slump, Jim Baugh began fielding calls from industry peers wondering how the turnaround could be replicated in other sports. That got Baugh thinking about a broader inactivity epidemic taking shape in America.


  • Tuesday, December, 17, 2013
    Stanford, Northwestern Use Reverse Auctions to Sell Football Tickets

    With three marquee home football games in November, Stanford University fully tested the ticket-buying market over two weeks in August.


  • Friday, December, 13, 2013
    Pauley Pavilion Soffit Serves Acoustic, Aesthetic Purposes

    The redesigned soffit extending from Pauley Pavilion's perimeter wall serves a number of purposes. It masks the catwalks and trusses above it with a hard surface that redirects crowd noise toward the UCLA basketball court, and it provides a fascia for the facility's first-ever ribbon boards.


  • Tuesday, November, 19, 2013
    Man Who Fell from 300 Deck in Buffalo Gets Stadium Ban

    A fan who attempted to slide down the side railing of the 300 deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, only to topple backwards and land on a fan in the 200 level, has fallen out of favor with the hometown Bills. As a result of his actions Sunday, the fan has been banned from the stadium.


  • Friday, November, 15, 2013
    Judge: University Must Give Coach Termination Report

    A judge ruled earlier today that Oakland University must provide former women's basketball coach Beckie Francis with a nearly unredacted copy of an investigative report that led to her June 12 firing.


  • Friday, November, 15, 2013
    Football Coach Arrested for Vandalizing Own School

    An assistant high school football coach's apparent ploy to fire up players before a big game resulted in his arrest Wednesday for vandalizing school property.


  • Wednesday, November, 13, 2013
    Florida HS Transfer Eligibility Lawsuit Spurs Agreement

    A football player who last week sued his school district over a year-old transfer policy will drop his suit in exchange for playing eligibility.


  • Wednesday, November, 06, 2013
    Sources: Coaches Asked Incognito to 'Toughen' Martin

    Florida's Sun Sentinel is reporting that Miami Dolphins coaches asked lineman Richie Incognito to "toughen up" teammate Jonathan Martin, according to more than one team source. As reported by Omar Kelly: The sources told the paper they believe that Incognito, who is accused of using racially incendiary language and bullying tactics against Martin, may have taken those orders too far.


  • Monday, November, 04, 2013
    Hot Dog Injury Could Challenge 'Baseball Rule' Precedent

    John Coomer didn't see it coming, but is it reasonable to think that the Kansas City Royals should have?


  • Sunday, October, 20, 2013
    Wisconsin's Football Stadium Features Rooftop Terrace

    Many college football stadiums have been renovated to include enclosed club seats and suites, and the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium is no different, with just such an upgrade completed in 2005.


  • 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.


  • 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.