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, October, 03, 2014
    Why Athletes Should Think Twice About Energy Drinks

    A new study has revealed good news and bad news for athletes who enjoy energy drinks.


  • Thursday, October, 02, 2014
    Power Conferences Make Proposals on New NCAA

    The Big Ten announced a set of initial recommendations for the NCAA on Wednesday designed to "provide enhanced benefits for student-athletes that are members in good standing with their individual universities as part of the NCAA's new autonomy governance structure." The announcement came just a day after the ACC made a similar statement and on the same day the Pac-12 announced it too had notified the NCAA of forthcoming proposals.


  • Wednesday, October, 01, 2014
    Georgia Tech Athletics Now Accepting Bitcoin

    Georgia Tech will be the first university in the world to integrate bitcoin payments into its stadium concession sales, the school announced Wednesday.


  • Tuesday, September, 30, 2014
    Proposed HS Transgender Policy Ignites Controversy

    A proposed policy change in Minnesota high school athletics regarding transgender student-athletes has fired up a heated debate across the state.


  • Tuesday, September, 30, 2014
    HS Adds Incentives to Revive the Multisport Athlete

    The multisport athlete is a rare breed these days. In fact, in his September column, our own editor in chief, Dennis Van Milligen, proclaimed the multisport athlete was dead altogether.

    "This was back when your best athletes played multiple sports — an era that appears to be ending, as sport specialization dominates the modern high school scene," he wrote.


  • Tuesday, September, 30, 2014
    The Top Five Reasons You Should Attend #ABCOrlando

    With so many exciting events - the fall's largest athletic and fitness trade show, continuing education opportunities, facility tours and networking receptions - we've outlined the top five reasons to join us for the 33rd annual Athletic Business Conference & Expo in Orlando.


  • Monday, September, 29, 2014
    Four Killed In Texas College Softball Bus Crash

    Four collegiate softball players died Friday when an 18-wheel semi truck collided head-on with their team bus. The bus was carrying the softball team from North Central Texas College and was being driven by the team's head coach when the semi crossed the median and hit the bus near Davis, Oklahoma.


  • Wednesday, September, 24, 2014
    Dallas Mavs Unveil First-Ever Crowdsourced Uniform

    Whether you've seen him on the hit show "Shark Tank" or hollering on the sidelines during NBA games, it's clear that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban likes to do things differently. So when it came time for his team to freshen up its alternate uniforms, the team turned to their fans.


  • Thursday, September, 18, 2014
    Rec Project On Despite Human Remains, Power Lines

    Potentially dangerous power lines run overhead. What might be an ancient Indian burial ground lies below. In between will be Alabama's newest recreation complex.


  • Thursday, September, 18, 2014
    Video: Stunning Levi's Stadium Time-Lapse

    From groundbreaking to kickoff, watch the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium's 29 month construction process in less than two minutes.


  • 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.