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.
  • Friday, April, 03, 2015
    The AB Extra: April 3

    We dive into the second edition of The AB Extra with some Final Four coverage, an April Fools Day tweet gone wrong and heroics from two YMCA lifeguards. Today we begin with this heartwarming display of sportsmanship in women’s college basketball.


  • Thursday, April, 02, 2015
    Indiana to Alter Controversial Law, NCAA Pleased

    With the men’s Final Four just two days away, one of the biggest story lines has had nothing to do with basketball. Instead, the spotlight has been on host-state Indiana and its controversial “religious freedom” law, which is being amended just one week after its introduction.


  • Friday, March, 27, 2015
    Tennessee Fires Donnie Tyndall Amid NCAA Probe

    The University of Tennessee has fired men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall, the school announced Friday morning. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports first reported Tyndall's departure.


  • Thursday, March, 26, 2015
    Video: An Aquatic Twist on Tug of War

    We stumbled upon this video today and felt it was worth sharing with our readers. Shamelessly stealing this from the comments on the YouTube video, let's call it "Tug of Oar."


  • Friday, March, 20, 2015
    Florida HS Coach Out Amid Foreign Recruiting Scandal

    On the bright side, Lake Wales High School’s boys’ basketball coach led his team to a winning record on the court. On the down side, he was willing to do almost anything — including recruiting students from other countries to get there. At least that’s what a report filed by the school to the Florida High School Athletic Association is claiming.


  • Thursday, March, 19, 2015
    High School AD Sues Local Police Department for $10M

    As a general rule, nothing good comes from disputes in the stands at sporting events. Take this story from Rahway High School in New Jersey as the latest example:


  • Wednesday, March, 18, 2015
    Daryl Gross Out as Syracuse AD, Boeheim to Retire

    Syracuse Athletics is experiencing a major shakeup. Daryl Gross is out as Syracuse athletic director, The Syracuse Post-Standard reports, and men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim plans to retire in three years, the university announced.


  • Tuesday, March, 17, 2015
    Concussion Concern: LB Retires After One NFL Season

    One of last season’s top NFL rookies is retiring, citing concerns over head trauma and sending shockwaves throughout the league in the process.


  • Tuesday, March, 10, 2015
    Minnesota Bill Aims to Undo HS Transgender Policy

    Minnesota legislators have introduced a new bill that would undo the state high school league's controversial transgender athlete policy.


  • Wednesday, March, 04, 2015
    Oregon Sexual Assault Case Highlights Bigger Issue

    Ugly details have emerged regarding an alleged sexual assault at the University of Oregon and the school’s handling of the lawsuit that followed.


  • 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.