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.
  • Monday, August, 23, 2010
    Sheriff Says Tailgate Crackdown Could Prove Taxing

    If you plan on cracking down on tailgaters, make sure you include the local jailer in the discussion.


  • Thursday, August, 19, 2010
    Sun Belt Conference Dissects Sportsmanship Data

    Survey data gathered by the Sun Belt Conference during its first year of piloting the RealSportsmanship program reveals that SBC student-athletes arrive on campus with well-established personal values and that coaches hold the key to further shaping those values.


  • Thursday, August, 19, 2010
    Is Petco Conversion a Pitch for Soccer in San Diego?

    Is an MLS soccer friendly being staged in the middle of an MLB pennant race just to test San Diego's soccer-market waters? That's a question posed by Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune.


  • Thursday, August, 19, 2010
    SEC to MSU: Less Cowbell

    The Southeastern Conference has announced a fine structure for the inappropriate use of what it calls "traditional institutional noise makers" at SEC sporting events.


  • Wednesday, August, 18, 2010
    Stakeholders Meet to Address Agent Issue

    Representatives from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Football League, NFL Players Association, American Football Coaches Association and sports agent community met Monday to discuss their shared responsibility in addressing improper agent activity within the sport of football - described by the NCAA as "an age-old problem that not just one group or organization can solve on its own." The unprecedented meeting is expected to be the first of several discussions with the goal of identifying points of collaboration and potential solutions.


  • Thursday, August, 12, 2010
    Ryan Says He Can't Bring Relief From Ballpark Heat

    During his playing days, no one could bring the heat like Nolan Ryan. Now, the newly minted owner of the Texas Rangers would like to take some away. But adding shade to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is being deemed unfeasible.


  • Tuesday, August, 10, 2010
    Locker Room Shoot Proves Too Steamy for UCF Officials

    George O'Leary is not master of his domain.

    Turns out the University of Central Florida's head football coach overstepped his bounds when he allowed a local entertainment magazine called aXis access to the Knights' locker room for a photo shoot of UCF alum Shanna McLaughlin, better known for her pictorial in the July issue of Playboy. While it didn't include nudity, the aXis locker room shoot, in which McLaughlin suggestively tugged on her UCF-logoed tank top and bikini bottoms, proved too steamy for university officials once video appeared online Aug. 7.


  • Friday, August, 06, 2010
    Big 12 Shakeup Spawns KU Fight Song Contest

    The defections of Nebraska and Colorado from the Big 12 may have struck a sour note among conference purists, but officials at the University of Kansas will be singing a different tune entirely. The Jayhawks' nearly 100-year-old fight song, "I'm a Jayhawk," which mentioned both departed rivals by name, is in the process of being updated.


  • Monday, August, 02, 2010
    Colleges Use Social Media to Sell Sports Tickets

    Social media offers ideal ways for ticket departments to build relationships and boost revenue.


  • Friday, July, 30, 2010
    Track Surface Drainage Systems Come with Several Design Options

    Now a standard component of competitive tracks, surface drainage systems come with several design options.


  • Wednesday, November, 30, 2016
    AB Show 2016: The Magic of Orlando

    There’s something about Orlando, Fla., that stirs the nostalgia in this AB Show-goer. It’s where the conference and expo (as it used to be known) was held my first eight years at Athletic Business, and it has been there another four times since. In all, Orlando has served as the annual home away from home for AB roughly half the time in our show’s 35-year history.


  • 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.