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.
  • Friday, November, 15, 2013
    Youth Football Participation Dropping Drastically

    You don't have to be a football fan to know that concussions have been in the news a lot lately. And if you're an AB reader, you know head injuries are unfortunately a topic we have to cover way too often. Just this week we've reported deaths of two youth football players who died following head injuries.


  • Thursday, November, 14, 2013
    High School's 'Arab' Mascot Called Into Question

    When it comes to nickname and mascot controversy, typically Native Americans and teams like the Indians and Redskins come to mind. But a Southern California high school's longstanding Arab mascot is at the center of its own controversy.


  • Tuesday, November, 12, 2013
    Cheerleaders, Teams Punished Over Impromptu Routine

    File this one under "lack of common sense." Two youth football teams in Florida - and their cheerleading squads - have been banned from their conference championship game for a reason that will only make you shake your head.


  • Thursday, November, 07, 2013
    Bill Boosts Native American Mascot Defense

    The Wisconsin Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames. Senate Republicans passed the bill 17-16. It will now go to Republican Governor Scott Walker's desk for approval.


  • Wednesday, November, 06, 2013
    Youth Coach Plans Team Party at Hooters, Gets Fired

    Youth coaches get fired for all sorts of reasons. But this be might a new one: Randy Burbach, a middle school football coach in Oregon was fired for choosing to host his team's end-of-season party at Hooters.


  • Tuesday, November, 05, 2013
    'Bloody' Northwestern WWP Unis: Honoring or Insulting?

    Northwestern's football team will wear special uniforms for its game against Michigan later this month. The patriotic red, white and blue design is meant to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that works to empower injured veterans. The game-worn jerseys will then be auctioned off with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the charity.


  • Monday, November, 04, 2013
    Violence, Social Media Threats Lead to Game Cancellation

    A string of violence, followed by city-wide tension and threats on social media led to the cancellation of a high school football game in Warren, Ohio.


  • Friday, November, 01, 2013
    Prep Coach Groped in Facebook Photo Gets Fired

    A picture of a man touching a woman's chest posted on Facebook has landed them both in trouble at work.


  • Thursday, October, 31, 2013
    FAU Coaches Resign After Admitting to Drug Use

    Florida Atlantic head football coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned Wednesday after school officials say they admitted to using illegal drugs.


  • 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."


  • 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.