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.
  • Sunday, October, 20, 2013
    Wisconsin's Football Stadium Features Rooftop Terrace

    Many college football stadiums have been renovated to include enclosed club seats and suites, and the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium is no different, with just such an upgrade completed in 2005.


  • Sunday, October, 20, 2013
    Mike McDowell Talks Sports Advocacy in San Diego

    By the time hospitality industry veteran Mike McDowell took over as president of the San Diego Sports Commission earlier this year, the group already had a well-established track record of helping the city host major sporting events - from Super Bowls to X Games to America's Cup yacht races.


  • Sunday, October, 20, 2013
    LED Lighting Finding a Home in Major Sports Arenas

    The most impressive stats shared with fans visiting War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, N.Y., on any given night last season weren't displayed on the scoreboard, but rather on a monitor just inside the turnstiles.


  • Tuesday, October, 15, 2013
    At Tennessee, 'Pride' Goeth Before Band Director's Fall

    The University of Tennessee has placed on administrative leave Gary Sousa, director of the school's Pride of the Southland marching band since 1997, citing "insubordination, misrepresentation of facts, and a lack of confidence in Sousa's ability to work constructively and collaboratively with others going forward." The announcement came Monday after Sousa, band members and alumni spoke out last week over concerns that band traditions were being threatened by the athletic department. Complaints centered on the band's reduced playing time, travel and budget. In a letter to Sousa, who reportedly earns $152,000 annually, UT provost Susan Martin noted, "Competition for resources and conflict between competing interests within the university are normal. Your actions to circumvent the normal methods of conflict resolution are shockingly insubordinate." Don Ryder, a 14-year veteran of the UT music department, will serve as interim band director for the rest of the fall semester. "We fully support the Pride of the Southland Band. We want every student musician to have a great experience and enjoy being part of a wonderful and cherished tradition," UT chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said in a university release. "The Pride has a 144-year esteemed history with our university. It is never about just one person. We must stand together and work together to create the very best game day experience for all."


  • Thursday, October, 10, 2013
    Selectorized Equipment Still Popular in Era of CrossFit

    CrossFit seems to be everywhere. It's all over the fitness headlines, at least.


  • Thursday, October, 10, 2013
    Window Boxes Double as Social Gathering Areas

    Recreation centers are often designed with abundant interior glass, allowing for visual connectivity between activity spaces, as well as with informal gathering areas where patrons can socialize.


  • Thursday, October, 10, 2013
    Paul Caccamo of Up2Us Talks Sports-Based Youth Development

    In 1997, Paul Caccamo, a Harvard-educated youth-development consultant, punted his private practice upon meeting Julie Kennedy, a Washington, D.C.-area teacher who changed the lives of young girls with one simple tool: a soccer ball.


  • Monday, October, 07, 2013
    Ole Miss Outlines Response to Student-Athlete Gay Slurs

    The University of Mississippi on Friday announced measures to be taken in response to reports that student-athletes and other students were disruptive during a theater performance of "The Laramie Project," a play about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay University of Wyoming student.


  • Thursday, September, 26, 2013
    College Athletics Officials Adamantly Against Pay for Play

    The Division IA Athletic Directors' Association, a record 120 members of which met this week in Dallas, released a statement Wednesday relaying a unified "rejection of the 'pay-for-play' model" of student-athlete compensation.


  • Tuesday, September, 24, 2013
    'Keg Race' Led Cornell to Nix Men's Fall Lax Season

    Monday marked the beginning of National Hazing Prevention Week. The day also brought word that a Cornell University investigation into alleged hazing activity within its men's lacrosse program concluded that upperclassmen had coerced freshmen into drinking beer as part of a "keg race," which resulted in several players vomiting.


  • 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.


  • 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 sportsbybrooks.com. "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.