Paul Steinbach
Paul Steinbach (paul@athleticbusiness.com) 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.
  • Wednesday, November, 23, 2016
    AB Show 2016: Good Vibrations

    I was three weeks shy of 50 years and feeling every minute of it on Day One of the AB Show in Orlando two weeks ago. Within eyeshot of the Athletic Business booth was some equipment I had not seen before — boxy rectangular tables that people were laying on, face up. Upon closer inspection, the tables featured a rectangular opening filled with what appeared to be two rows of piston-like vertical rods (actually interchangeable tubes with caps on them) positioned to align with either side of the user’s spine.


  • Wednesday, November, 23, 2016
    U. of Wisconsin Athletics Hires Director of Diversity and Inclusion

    This article appeared in the November | December issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


  • Thursday, November, 17, 2016
    AB Show 2016: Dr. Phillips Y Sets Examples for All

    Executive director Ryan Smith calls Dr. Phillips YMCA a “very unique Y,” and 28 attendees got a sense of its stand-out nature Wednesday the instant they got off a tour bus from the 2016 AB Show in Orlando. Its arched entryway, massive front desk and specialty-food retail spaces communicate an upscale vibe, but Smith assured the visitors that this Y is for everyone. “Our focus is being a hub to the community,” he said, as the tour began in a first-floor conference room used by the local Rotary Club. “Gone are the days of having to be a member to enter a Y.”


  • Wednesday, November, 16, 2016
    Mobile Seating Offers Functional, Economic Benefits

    This article appeared in the November | December issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


  • Thursday, November, 03, 2016
    Wisconsin AD: Noose Incident to Bring Policy Changes

    University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez indicated Wednesday that stadium policy will change in the wake of an incident involving fans in costume at the Badgers’ home football game Oct. 29 against Nebraska. One fan wore masks depicting U.S. president Barack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while also wearing a striped prison suit and a noose around his neck. A second fan, dressed as presidential candidate Donald Trump, held the end of the rope.


  • Thursday, October, 27, 2016
    Washington U. Bridges Past, Present at Athletics Complex

    This article appeared in the October issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


  • Wednesday, October, 26, 2016
    Fan's Fall from Railing at Mile High Proves Fatal

    A fan who fell from a stairway railing at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday has died. Jason Coy, 36, fell an estimated 60 feet shortly after the conclusion of Monday night’s NFL game between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.


  • Tuesday, October, 18, 2016
    Climbing Industry Reacts to Sport’s Olympic Arrival

    This article appeared in the October issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


  • Tuesday, October, 11, 2016
    Billy Langenstein Discusses U.S. Bank Stadium Launch

    Billy Langenstein got his start in the event-management game as a 15-year-old water boy at music venues in Philadelphia. He later spent five seasons with the Washington Nationals, ascending to director of event operations. Today, at age 28, he's SMG's director of events services for U.S. Bank Stadium, the newly minted home of the Minnesota Vikings. The stadium will host more than 400 events a year — from weddings to concerts to college baseball games — all under a clear plastic roof and Langenstein's watch. On Vikings gamedays, he's ultimately responsible for everything from transportation and emergency response to the actions of thousands of security and guest-services personnel. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach caught up with Langenstein the morning after the Vikings had played their second home preseason game in four days.


  • Thursday, September, 29, 2016
    Product Spotlight: Stadiums & Outdoor Surfaces

    These products appeared in the September issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

    Accella Polyurethane Systems
    Accella Polyurethane Systems recently launched Tru-Motion™ custom flooring solutions for the athletic, play-safety and multipurpose markets. Products include indoor multipurpose surfaces, playground safety surfaces and outdoor running tracks. The holistic set of solutions combines years of technical expertise to deliver high-quality products that perform consistently from the laboratory to each installation site. Accella Polyurethane Systems' distinguished customer support ensures efficient, successful installation of each unique Tru-Motion application.
    www.accellacorp.com
    (888) 899-9665


    Colorado Time Systems
    Since 1972, Colorado Time Systems has provided premier facilities with top-quality timing, scoring and display solutions. The company has a timing system for almost every sport, including swimming, basketball, football, baseball, track and soccer. With a full line of video and LED numeric scoreboards, Colorado Time Systems is the system of choice for top universities and high schools around the country.
    www.coloradotime.com
    (800) 279-0111


    Connor Sports
    Made from rapidly renewable materials, ProTraxx is a durable and resilient track surface designed for safe, comfortable and injury-free training and competition. Its waffle-like base layer provides a shock-absorbing surface that reduces muscle fatigue and uniform performance. The highly weather-resistant, durable material also provides excellent traction with its non-slip texture.
    www.connorsports.com/track
    (800) 746-3512


    Eco Chemical
    Eco Chemical™, the original manufacturer of removable synthetic turf paint, has developed TempLine™ Premium Grass paint for natural grass. Sold in 5-gallon pails as a concentrate, this new product is formulated to raise the standard for appearance and durability, without harming grass plants or breaking the budget. Premium Grass stays on the field and off of uniforms.
    www.eco-templine.com
    (800) 677-7930


    Kay Park-Recreation Corp.
    Speedy Bleacher 108 is a folding and highway-towable seating solution by Kay Park. The versatile and economical unit seats 108 people and features seven rows, an aisle and a handrail. Equipped with an electric folding mechanism and telescoping tongue, it can be easily towed by a conventional vehicle and erected in just a few minutes by one person. The 27-foot-long, 9-foot-high Speedy Bleacher meets safety codes.
    www.kaypark.com
    (800) 987-2313


    PortaFloor
    PortaFloor is a strong, green and cost-effective temporary sport and event flooring system. It is specifically designed to cover and protect grass or turf for rapid turn outdoor events and can be used for temporary tent flooring or when additional heavy support is needed. The rollable functionality of PortaFloor allows for footprint flexibility and easy configuration and creates an easy-to-reuse option for stadium surfacing.
    www.portafloor.com/stadiums-and-arenas
    800-700-2526


    SMG
    For more than 40 years, SMG has been a leading manufacturer of equipment for the installation and maintenance of synthetic turf fields and running tracks. SMG Equipment offers a complete line of turf maintenance equipment, including drag brushes, ground-driven tow-behind sweepers, tractor-mounted PTO-drive sweepers, and the top-of-the-line SMG SportChamp.
    www.smgequipment.com
    (253) 350-8803



    See more of these types of products in the September issue of Athletic Business


    RELATED: Find more solutions for your facility in the Buyers Guide


    This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Athletic Business with the title "Spotlight: Stadiums & Outdoor Surfaces"



  • Wednesday, November, 30, 2016
    AB Show 2016: The Magic of Orlando

    There’s something about Orlando, Fla., that stirs the nostalgia in this AB Show-goer. It’s where the conference and expo (as it used to be known) was held my first eight years at Athletic Business, and it has been there another four times since. In all, Orlando has served as the annual home away from home for AB roughly half the time in our show’s 35-year history.


  • 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 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.