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.
  • Thursday, January, 30, 2014
    Man Dies in Baylor Stadium Construction Accident

    Baylor University is building a beautiful, on-campus football stadium that is set to open this fall. As a former employee in the Baylor athletic department, I know how excited the people there are about this new facility and how much it will mean to the Waco community.


  • Wednesday, January, 29, 2014
    Notre Dame Announces $400M Stadium Expansion

    The University of Notre Dame announced a plan Wednesday to expand the school's 84-year-old football stadium. The $400 million project will add between 3,000 or 4,000 premium seats and new academic buildings on three sides of the stadium. The view of "Touchdown Jesus" will remain unchanged.


  • Tuesday, January, 28, 2014
    Sacramento Kings Unveil New Arena Renderings

    The Sacramento Kings and global architecture firm AECOM have finalized the drawings for their planned $448 million downtown arena. The Kings unveiled the images Monday, showing plans for an "indoor-outdoor" building that is uniquely Sacramento.


  • Tuesday, January, 28, 2014
    Contact Sports Don't Cause CTE, Study Says

    Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the disease at the center of the NFL's concussion controversy, is a progressive, debilitating neurological disease found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma. CTE can cause memory loss, confusion, depression and eventually dementia in those who suffer from it. It was the main topic in the popular PBS Frontline documentary, League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis.


  • Tuesday, January, 28, 2014
    The Metrodome By The Numbers

    Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome will be torn down in February and construction has begun on the Vikings new stadium in the very same location. In preparation for the Metrodome's demolition, the roof has already been deflated. Once home to the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves (for one season) and University of Minnesota football and baseball, "The Dome" leaves behind an unrivaled legacy of efficiency and community use.


  • Monday, January, 27, 2014
    Super Bowl Playing Field at Center of Lawsuit

    A week from today our football-crazed nation will be buzzing over the drama that unfolded on the field during the Super Bowl. Will the weather play a significant factor? Will Peyton Manning be able to thwart the NFL's best defense? We'll soon find out. However, today the Super Bowl drama has nothing to do with the teams on the field, but rather the playing field itself.


  • Tuesday, January, 21, 2014
    Incredible Video From the Denver Broncos Parachute Team

    The "fan experience" is something people who work in sports facilities are always trying to improve. Whether it's wider concourses in a new stadium or different pre-game entertainment, anything to make fans happy is fair game. A big part of the fan experience at Denver Broncos games is their official parachute team, the Thunderstorm.


  • Monday, January, 06, 2014
    Fire Destroys Much of Minor League Stadium

    "If we rebuild it, they will come once again." That comment, said by West Michigan Whitecaps CFO Danny Baxter, is the hope after a fire started in the club level of Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan destroyed much of the stadium.


  • Monday, December, 16, 2013
    Another Worker Dies in World Cup Stadium Construction

    A 22-year-old man working on the construction of a soccer stadium in Brazil fell nearly 115 feet and died on Saturday. According to Reuters, Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira was working on a World Cup stadium in Manaus, Brazil when a cable snapped, sending him off the roof of the building. He died hours later in a local hospital.

    This death is just the latest in a line of incidents that have plagued Brazil's hosting of this summer's World Cup. From Reuters:

    Workers had already been killed at three of Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums. Fatal accidents have occurred in Manaus, Brasilia and most recently in Sao Paulo, where two people died on Nov. 27 after a crane collapsed in the arena that is to host the opening game on June 12.


    A rendering of Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil

    Preparations for the World Cup have also been plagued by delays, accidents, cost overruns, and public anger over government waste that contributed to massive nationwide street protests last year.

    Half of the 12 World Cup stadiums are behind schedule. In response Melo Ferreira's death, a court in Brazil has stopped construction of the stadium in Manaus until the contractor, Andrade Gutierrez, presents a detailed report on the site's safety conditions.

    According to the BBC, Brazil authorities say the working conditions are "unacceptably dangerous."

    Manaus, located nearly 2,000 miles northwest of the country's capital of Brasilia, is set to host four World Cup matches including games involving England, Italy, Portugal and the United States. According to FIFA.com, the stadium, Arena Amazonia, will hold 42,377 fans and feature restaurants and underground parking.

    Update 3:40 p.m.: The Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting construction workers have walked off the job at the World Cup stadium of Manaus. An earlier report says the approximately 1,800 workers walked off the job Monday morning in protest of the safety conditions and what they described as pressure to speed up the project.


  • Monday, December, 16, 2013
    Technology and Social Media Alter the Future of Heisman Trophy Campaigns

    As gutsy coaching calls go, this one ranked right up there with any in the career of Baylor University's Art Briles. What set this one apart, though, was that it was made away from the football sideline.

    Briles' decision to give Baylor's athletic communications staff the green light to pursue an all-out Heisman Trophy campaign for a then under-the-radar quarterback named Robert Griffin III would change the school forever and rewrite a marketing playbook for other schools with Heisman hopefuls.


  • 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.