• Rob & Barry: We Couldn't Care More About Our Members

    by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein September 2012

    Imagine that you've just tested your pool water and found it to be - the actual numbers are irrelevant to the story - just fine. A member approaches you 10 minutes later, still in her bathing suit, dripping water on your shoes, and says, "The pH in the pool is high." You say, "I just checked it and it seemed fine, but I'm happy to look into it," even though you'd rather say, "Really? You must be a human chemical testing kit, because the water is actually perfect!" At that moment, would you rather be in the fitness business, or on a beach someplace?

  • ABC Keynoter Peter Guber Talks Filmmaking, Team Ownership

    by Paul Steinbach September 2012

  • AB Columnists Honored with Editorial Award

    by Andrew Cohen August 2012

    Rob Bishop and Barry Klein's monthly "For-Profits" column has been honored by the American Society of Business Press Editors with one of the 2012 ASBPE Awards of Excellence - or the Azbee Awards, as they're informally known. Rob and Barry won the Gold award in the Midwest-South Region for "Sales Pitch" (December 2011).

  • Aquatics Industry Leader Joe Hunsaker Dead at 74

    by Paul Steinbach March 2012

    Longtime aquatics industry leader Joe Hunsaker, cofounder of Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates, died March 11 at age 74, having battled multiple sclerosis since 1978 and more recently cancer.

  • Football Visionary Kurt Bryan Looks to Launch New Pro League

    by Paul Steinbach January 2012

    During his first 21 years as a head football coach and offensive coordinator, Kurt Bryan ran exactly one play out of the shotgun formation.

  • ABC 2011: Education, Exhibits Keep Attendees Active

    by AB Editors December 2011

    Despite continued economic doldrums, the 2011 Athletic Business Conference was bustling with activity last week. "We were very happy with the attendance, especially since so many organizations are experiencing budget cuts," conference director Sue Searls told SNEWS, the insider trade news source of the fitness industry, which covered the conference, held Dec. 1-3 in Orlando, Fla. "We received nothing but good comments from attendees, both full-conference and those who came just for the trade show."

  • Student-Athlete Advocates Comment on Latest NCAA Reforms

    by Paul Steinbach December 2011

    Among the reforms approved Oct. 27 by the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors, two address longstanding concerns regarding the welfare of student-athletes receiving full scholarships.

  • Blog: Lifeguards Save, and Touch, Young Lives

    by Mary Helen Sprecher August 2011

    Ask any little kid to name his or her heroes. At least one is bound to be a high-profile athlete.

  • Sports RD Dave Ellis Discusses Nutrition

    by Paul Steinbach July 2011

    When Dave Ellis began studying to be a dietician at the University of Nebraska in 1982, combining sports and nutrition into a full-time job was a fresh concept.

  • Blog: Michael Irvin's 'Straight' Talk About Gays in Sports

    by Andrew Cohen July 2011

    The news that former Dallas Cowboys and Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin appears on the cover of the August issue of Out magazine - and, inside the gay men's publication, discussing his passion for equality issues - is a hugely positive development for the sports world and the gay community. Heck, it's great for everybody. In a year in which it has appeared that one of the last great taboo subjects in sports is finally out in the open, with many observers predicting an imminent rash of athletes coming out, Irvin's message of love and acceptance is hugely important.