Michael Gaio
Michael Gaio joined Athletic Business in 2012, originally serving as social media manager and eMedia editor before becoming marketing director. Prior to AB, Michael worked in the athletic department at Baylor University where he documented every move of Robert Griffin III and the rest of the Bears for the university's website and a local TV affiliate. 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. Get in touch with him on Twitter, @MichaelGaio.
  • Monday, November, 09, 2015
    Video: ABC 2015 Preview

    From new activities on the trade show floor to helpful tips, we offer a quick preview of the upcoming Athletic Business Conference & Expo taking place in New Orleans, La. November 19-21. This year ABC has attendees from 49 states, every Canadian province and 16 countries. Whether you're joining us from around the corner or around the world, we wish you safe travels and we'll see you soon!

  • Thursday, November, 05, 2015
    How to Download the 2015 Athletic Business Conference & Expo App

    ABC has a free mobile app available to all attendees and exhibitors designed to make life at the show a little bit easier. The Athletic Business Conference & Expo app is filled with information like schedules, seminar listings, speaker info, maps and exhibitor information. It will come in handy when you’re at the show.

  • Tuesday, August, 11, 2015
    How to Maximize Your Trade Show Investment Before the Show

    A trade show is a big investment. However, there is nothing like talking to prospects face-to-face and seeing them try out your products or services in person. Whether it's the upcoming Athletic Business Conference & Expo, or any of the other shows in our industry, here a few tips to help you make the most of your trade show investment before you ever arrive on-site or set up your booth.

  • Friday, June, 05, 2015
    5 Simple Steps to Better Website Advertisements

    The trusty website advertisement is a mainstay in many of our customers’ marketing packages. With more than 1.1 million people visiting athleticbusiness.com last year, a banner ad — whether it’s the leaderboard, block ad or a banner in our e-newsletter — can be an efficient way to gain exposure among athletics, fitness and recreation professionals with true buying power. Over the years, we’ve hosted hundreds of ads on our website and learned that the most effective ones have several things in common.

  • Thursday, May, 14, 2015
    Seven Things to Know About ABC Keynote Speaker Shawn Achor and His Research on Happiness

    The Athletic Business Conference & Expo is proud to welcome New York Times best selling author, Harvard researcher and positive psychology expert Shawn Achor as our 2015 keynote speaker.

  • Thursday, April, 23, 2015
    San Francisco Nears Smokeless Tobacco Ban at City Fields, Including Giants' AT&T Park

    San Francisco officials are on the verge of spitting out a rule that would ban smokeless tobacco from ball fields throughout the city, including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.

  • Wednesday, April, 22, 2015
    Carson City Council Approves $1.7B NFL Stadium

    The Los Angeles area is doing everything it can to lure an NFL team (or three) back to the country’s second-largest media market. On Tuesday, the area took another step toward that goal as Carson City Council approved a new football stadium in a 3-0 vote.

  • Tuesday, April, 21, 2015
    Video: Fan Behind Plate at PNC Park Injured by Foul Tip

    Monday’s Cubs-Pirates game was delayed 23 minutes after a scary incident in the second inning. Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro fouled off a 90-mile-per-hour pitch from Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett and the ball hit a woman standing behind home plate.

  • Wednesday, April, 15, 2015
    Video Emerges of Argyle Athletic Facility Collapse

    Two workers have died in the construction of a new athletic facility for Argyle High School near Dallas. Now video of the structure’s collapse that killed 36-year-old Julio Ledesma has been released.

  • Friday, April, 10, 2015
    Lauren Hill, Inspirational Student-Athlete, Dies at 19

    Lauren Hill, the cancer fighting, layup making college basketball player who captured the hearts of our nation, has died.

  • Monday, January, 26, 2015
    UCF’s Stadium Beach Club as Goofy as It Is Unique

    Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include comments from UCF's assistant athletic director of communications, Andy Seeley.

    The University of Central Florida made news Monday with the announcement of its new “East Side Club,” a beach lounge that will be built in the middle of the school’s football stadium seating.

  • 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.