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.
  • Monday, December, 15, 2014
    Video: High School Coach Throws Player Down by Her Hair

    It's an ugly situation that only looks worse once you see the video.


  • Thursday, December, 11, 2014
    Vikings Might Make New Stadium Bird-Safe After All

    With 200,000 square feet of glass, 95-foot glass doors and a location near the Mississippi River, the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium has been called a "death trap" for birds. Now bird lovers have new life in their attempt to have the stadium glass changed to be more bird friendly.


  • Thursday, December, 11, 2014
    Golden State's Toilet Bowl Arena Design Gets a Redo

    The Golden State Warriors have flushed previous designs for their new arena in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. Critics — or really anyone with eyes — claimed the design sketches released earlier this year made the arena look like a toilet.


  • Wednesday, December, 10, 2014
    Michigan Takes Step to Ban College Athlete Unions

    In April, football players at Northwestern cast a historic vote to determine if they would unionize. Student-athletes in Michigan may never get that chance.


  • Tuesday, December, 09, 2014
    Big Ten Approves Enhanced Concussion Protocols

    Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by the Big Ten Conference.

    ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) held its annual December meeting in Indianapolis on Sunday, December 7, and took another step toward improving student-athlete welfare when it approved a conference recommendation to establish enhanced concussion protocols.


  • Friday, December, 05, 2014
    Columbia Coach Accused of Playing Concussed Athletes

    Editor's note: This story has been edited to reflect an update from Columbia University.

    Columbia football coach Pete Mangurian, who has since resigned his position, tallied a 3-27 record in three seasons at the school, but that's not the worst of it according to his players.


  • Thursday, December, 04, 2014
    More Bad News: UAB's Bowl Hopes Now 'Nonexistent'

    If it's true that "when it rains, it pours," consider UAB's football program drenched in a torrential monsoon.


  • Wednesday, December, 03, 2014
    UAB Kills Football Program, Fallout Immediate

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham officially killed its football program on Tuesday. The ensuing scene on the school's campus was one of chaos and heartbreak — students protesting, the band playing, tears flowing and a school president being berated by devastated players and booed by fans. Death is never easy to accept.


  • Tuesday, December, 02, 2014
    Lucas Oil Stadium Repairs Will Cost Millions

    When $720 million Lucas Oil Stadium opened in downtown Indianapolis in 2008 it was praised for its airy design and luxurious amenities.


  • Wednesday, November, 26, 2014
    Inside #ABCOrlando: Episode 5

    In our fifth and final episode from the 2014 Athletic Business Conference & Expo, we touch on the First Timer's Reception, the Facilities of Merit, review the social media buzz at the show and take a look at next year's show in New Orleans.


  • 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.