Paul Steinbach
Paul Steinbach joined the Athletic Business staff in November 1999, and now holds the title of senior editor. His work covering college athletics and sports facility operation has garnered several regional and national journalism honors, including a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and currently resides with his children Jack and Libby in his hometown of West Bend, Wis. In his spare time, he enjoys mowing patterns into his backyard ballpark — the naming rights to which are still available.
  • Thursday, October, 01, 2015
    Nebraska Adventure Center Supports Exterior Climbing Wall

    "Everybody keeps pushing the edges on these buildings," says Al Oberlander, principal and COO at Des Moines, Iowa-based RDG Planning & Design.

  • Tuesday, September, 15, 2015
    Survey Reveals Security Practices at Public Rec Centers

    In May 2013, the City of Philadelphia Commission on Parks and Recreation released a report titled "Safety in Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Centers." The 15-member commission's work was spurred by a spate of security-related incidents — ranging from shootings and robberies to trespassing and vandalism — in the city's rec facilities during the summer of 2011.

  • Wednesday, September, 09, 2015
    ABC Speakers Describe Their Educational Sessions and Expectations

    The 2015 Athletic Business Conference & Expo hits New Orleans, Nov. 19 -21 — representing ABC's second visit to the Crescent City in four years. But as popular a destination as New Orleans has proven to be, it's the educational opportunities that will have hundreds of attendees descending upon the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to learn about industry trends affecting today's athletics, fitness and recreation professionals. AB touched base with a handful of this year's session leaders — from first-time presenters to individuals with decades-long ABC speaking resumes — to find out what attracts them to ABC, and what attendees can expect to take away from New Orleans.

  • Thursday, August, 06, 2015
    Fitness Bridge Helps Market Rec Center’s Offerings

    Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ont., sought to connect the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre to an existing student association building next door, but needed to preserve vehicular circulation between the two structures.

  • Thursday, July, 23, 2015
    Product Spotlight: Locker Rooms

    Locker Rooms

  • Tuesday, July, 21, 2015
    Budget Woes Take Toll on Brooklyn's Basketball Courts

    In an effort to find out why it was so hard to find a decent place to play basketball in New York City, Wall Street Journal writer Stu Woo personally visited all 172 of Brooklyn’s public courts listed on the Parks and Recreation Department website this spring, and found that only a third of them were in good shape. “The rest had problems that varied from the annoying, such as bent or missing rims, to the ankle-breaking, such as cracks so wide that weeds actually grew out of them,” Woo writes at

    Woo wasn’t surprised, having conducted a similar review of Manhattan’s courts in 2013 (NYC boasts 1,800 courts in all). But, he writes, parks officials were disappointed to learn of the widespread problem while explaining that shrinking budgets make it hard to keep up with repairs. According to Woo’s report, the parks budget in the 1960s was 1.4 percent of NYC’s total budget. The current year’s $400 million parks budget is only half a percent of the city’s budget, and that amount is already spread thin among labor, gardening, playground equipment, recreation centers, pools, restrooms and other sports courts.

    “We’re underfunding parks relative to New York City’s history and relative to where other big cities are today,” Parks and Recreation Committee chairman Mark Levine told Woo. “Your survey reveals, in pretty stark ways, the unmet needs of the system.”

    Parks and Recreation Department commissioner Mitchell Silver added that Brooklyn’s reliance on recreational basketball is unique. “What makes Brooklyn different is that other boroughs have a lot of large parks. Brooklyn has a lot of small parks,” he told Woo. “Open space in Brooklyn is basketball.”

    Parks are inspected twice annually by a team of 300 full-time inspectors. In addition, a hotline fields roughly 150,000 parks-related complaints (though off-leash dogs are among the most typical targets). But awareness is only the beginning, and court repairs don’t come cheap. A rim replacement runs $100, and a rim and backboard is $550. It costs $3,000 to paint a basketball court with a sports coating, and up to $150,000 to both resurface and repaint.

  • Tuesday, July, 21, 2015
    How Lock Technologies Are Simplifying Shared-Use Operations

    Combination padlocks, keys, bolt cutters -- they're all getting harder to find in athletics, fitness and recreation locker rooms these days. That's because code-based mechanical and electronic lock technology has made life easier for both locker users and facility managers, if a little less lucrative for local locksmiths.

  • Tuesday, July, 14, 2015
    Fan Files Lawsuit Demanding MLB Extend Safety Netting

    An Oakland Athletics season-ticket holder has filed a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status and greater protection for fans everywhere from flying bats and balls. The suit, filed Monday in the Northern District of California, wants MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to extend safety netting from foul pole to foul pole.

  • Tuesday, July, 14, 2015
    How LED Lighting Is Reaching All Levels of Outdoor Sports

    The future for high-intensity discharge bulbs as an instrument of sports illumination grows dimmer by the day.

  • Wednesday, July, 08, 2015
    How to Keep Sports Venue Parking Lots Safe and Secure

    Bryan Stow called his walker-assisted trek onto the Municipal Stadium field "a little scary." On April 16, Stow underhanded a ceremonial first pitch about 15 feet, to the roar of the San Jose Giants' Opening Night crowd.

  • Monday, November, 10, 2014
    Get to Know Your Peers When Attending ABC

    This is a story about a conversation Lou Holtz and I never had.

  • Tuesday, August, 12, 2014
    Robin Williams Drew Attention to Inaugural Augie’s BASH

    Robin Williams possessed the kind of frenetic magnetism that dared you to look away. For me, it wasn’t possible. The actor/comedian’s larger-than-life persona was tailor-made for a movie screen.

  • Thursday, January, 17, 2013
    Blog: The Tangled Webs of Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o

    The twisted tales of Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o are now intertwined. Heroes to many, these athletes have lived lies before our eyes, and now those lies are unraveling within the same week.

  • Monday, December, 03, 2012
    Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus

    The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.

  • Friday, August, 17, 2012
    Blog: Cheer These Pro Athletes for Giving Back

    Assuming your membership in the Latrell "I have a family to feed" Sprewell Fan Club has expired, may we suggest a couple of options.

  • Sunday, January, 17, 2010
    Blog: Still Believing, 34 Years (and Counting) Later

    Editor's Note: AB Senior Editor Paul Steinbach authored this piece in January 2010, but with February 22nd marking the 34th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice and the U.S. men's hockey team facing off against Canada on Friday, the message still rings true.

    For nearly 30 years now, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has been an off-and-on obsession of mine.

  • Thursday, December, 10, 2009
    A Choice to Make

    There's precedent for a Catholic institution sticking with a coach despite his pro-choice stance on abortion. Rick Majerus is in his third season heading the St. Louis University men's basketball program after admitting during a TV interview at a January 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign rally that he is "pro-choice, personally." But will a Catholic institution hire a pro-choice coach? Somehow, during speculation that University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly is next in line to bear the Notre Dame football cross, the rumor spread that Kelly, an Irish Catholic who decades ago campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, is pro-choice. But no one seems to know for sure. "I searched online media archives all day today trying to find one reputable media reference to Kelly's stance on abortion," read a Tuesday post by Brooks at "I found none."

  • Wednesday, November, 11, 2009
    Hit 'Em Straight

    When the AB editors dedicated our July issue to best environmental practices in the athletics, fitness and recreation industries, we managed to overlook one egregious hazard to our planet's health: golf balls.