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.
  • 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.


  • 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, December, 16, 2013
    One on One With Heath Nielsen

    On Saturday, Florida State's Jameis Winston was awarded the Heisman Trophy at a ceremony in New York City. Two years ago, Heath Nielsen, Baylor's associate athletic director of communications sat in the audience at that very ceremony and heard the player he and his staff had campaigned so hard for have his name called. Before joining AB, eMedia Editor Michael Gaio was on the staff in Baylor's athletic communications department. We had Michael catch up with his former boss to relive that season and gain insight into what it takes to market a Heisman Trophy winner.


  • 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.


  • 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.