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.
  • Wednesday, August, 15, 2018
    Illinois Association Disciplines 17 Basketball Programs

    The Illinois High School Association has disciplined 17 member basketball programs for violating summer contact rules.

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times, IHSA bylaws state that the contact period for high school coaches begins after the last day of an academic year's classes or the Monday of Week 49 on the IHSA calendar, whichever comes earliest. Several popular summer team camps, including one at Riverside-Brookfield High School and one at Carmel High, began before the Monday of Week 49.

    Boys' basketball coaches and athletic directors from Bogan, Clark, Curie, DePaul Prep, Farragut, Harlan, Kenwood, King, Lincoln Park, Morgan Park, Johnson, >Simeon, Young, Bulls Prep, Evanston, Fenwick and Loyola will be required to participate in an online rules seminar, after the IHSA concluded "there was no malicious intent in these violations or attempt to gain an advantage."

    The full statement from IHSA executive director Craig Anderson reads:

    “In early June, the boys’ basketball teams at multiple IHSA member high schools participated in various shootout events hosted by fellow member high schools. This is a standard activity and many of the schools participate in the same shootouts annually as a part of their summer programs. The dates of two shootouts this year caused several participating schools to be in violation of an IHSA rule that prevents teams from starting their summer programs before the school year ends. Many of the participating schools had completed their school year and participated legally, however, several others were still in session and violated the rule. In my eyes, there was no malicious intent in these violations or attempt to gain an advantage, nor was any gained. It remains the responsibility of each member school and its personnel to know and follow IHSA rules, so as a result, we are requiring the athletic director and head coach boys’ basketball coach of each program in violation to participate in an online IHSA rules education seminar.”

  • Monday, August, 13, 2018
    HS Denies Negligence in Football Head Injury Case

    Lawyers representing McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, Ala., are denying a former football player's claim that negligence by the school was responsible for the brain injury he suffered during practice. Instead, it was Eric Williams' pre-existing medical condition that caused him to lose consciousness during a tackling drill in May 11, 2015.

  • Thursday, August, 09, 2018
    New Athletic Trainer Saves Life at Football Scrimmage

    An athletic trainer in his first month on the job credits the training he received for guiding him through a harrowing rescue of an unresponsive high school football player last Friday.

  • Thursday, August, 02, 2018
    OSU Wrestlers Pressured to Recant Abuse Allegations

    Text messages indicate that retired Ohio State University wrestling coach Russ Hellickson pressured two former wrestlers to recant their allegations that they had been abused by a team physician. The messages provided to NBC News also make it clear that Hellickson was pressured to reach out to the wrestlers by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, a former Ohio State assistant coach accused of knowing about the abuse and doing nothing about it.

    Jordan, who is not personally accused of abuse, has insisted that he had no idea that team doctor Richard Strauss was allegedly abusing student-athletes while Jordan was an assistant coach in Columbus. But former wrestlers told NBC News that Jordan must have known since the abuse was frequently discussed in the locker room. The wrestlers have so far refused to provide the "statement of support" for Jordan that Hellickson was seeking in his text messages. According to NBC News, one of the wrestlers told Hellickson, "I'm going to contradict you, coach, because I'm telling the truth."

    The New York Times reported in July that Strauss has been accused of molesting more than 100 former Ohio State students while he served as a team doctor and professor at the university.

    In the midst of the ongoing scandal, Jordan announced last week that he intends to pursue the position of Speaker of the House if Republicans hold onto their majority in the November midterm elections.


  • Friday, July, 27, 2018
    Detroit Pro Venues to Assist Fans with Sensory Needs

    In the ongoing effort to get sports fans off the couch and through the turnstiles, sports venues have taken advantage of audio and video technology to turn the in-game experience into a seemingly ceaseless barrage of sights and sounds. For some patrons, it can be too much to take.

  • Thursday, July, 26, 2018
    Fired USC Coach Claims Age Discrimination, Seeks $2M

    Former University of Southern California women's volleyball coach Mick Haley is seeking millions of dollars from the university, claiming it forced him to retire.

  • Tuesday, July, 24, 2018
    Wrestler Stripped of Scholarship Following 'Hate' Video

    Bronson Harmon has lost his scholarship to wrestle at California Polytechnic State University after a video surfaced showing the recent high school graduate shouting a homophobic slur during a pro-family march last month.

  • Monday, July, 23, 2018
    NCAA to Study Potential Impact of Sports Gambling

    The NCAA has assembled a group of subject-matter experts from its national office in Indianapolis to examine the potential impact of legalized gambling on college sports with the goal of protecting game integrity, monitoring betting activity, managing sports data and expanding educational efforts.

    NCAA instead has decided to focus its attention less on the concept of "integrity fees" that might provide member schools with additional revenue from legalized gambling and more on the substance of education, the protection of student-athletes and a standard approach to game integrity through consistent national guidelines, according to a report at The association will focus on such subjects as officiating, NCAA rules, federal and state legislation, and the use of integrity services.

    “With this new landscape, we must evolve and expand our long-standing efforts to protect both the integrity of competitions and the well-being of student-athletes," said NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy. Added Joni Comstock, the association's senior vice president of championships and alliances, "Legalized sports gambling across the country is rather new, but the NCAA and its members have committed significant resources over the years to policy, research and education around sports wagering. With student-athlete well-being as the centerpiece, we will continue to build upon these efforts to assist members as they adapt to legalized sports wagering in their states and regions.”

    The association has already taken some action, suspending its policy of denying states in which sports gambling is legal the opportunity to host NCAA championship events. Unlikely to change is the NCAA rule prohibiting sports wagering by student-athletes or member schools’ athletics employees, including coaches.

  • Thursday, July, 19, 2018
    Ryan Holiday on Turning Business Trials into Triumph

    Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius said, "The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way." In his best-selling book The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, author Ryan Holiday applies words of wisdom from some of history's greatest thinkers to the modern business world. Special guest AB contributor and AB Show presenter Chantal Brodrick, host of the Fitness Business Podcast, recently asked Holiday, director of marketing for American Apparel for six years and the founding partner for Brass Check Marketing, to share his philosophies on marketing and self-discipline, as well as what AB Show attendees can expect from his keynote address — "The Obstacle Is the Way" — Nov. 9 in New Orleans.

  • Friday, July, 13, 2018
    UL Players Call for Renaming of Papa John's Stadium

    Two University of Louisville football players are among a growing chorus calling for the school to drop the Papa John's name from its stadium.

    John Schnatter immediately resigned his position as chairman of Papa John's Pizza, as well as his position as a UL trustee, after it was reported Wednesday that he uttered a racial slur during a May conference call. Schnatter, and not Papa John's, owns the naming rights to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

    According to the Louisville Currier Journal, university officials indicated Wednesday that no decision has been made regarding the stadium's name. 

    UL football player Seth Dawkins tweeted, "We need to change the name of the stadium ASAP," and fellow wide receiver Jaylen Smith retweeted those sentiments. Both players are black.

    Other Twitter users were just as adamant. Tweeted @dks6446, "@uofl needs to immediately remove the stadium name of Papa John Stadium to honor a decent person; not someone like John Schnatter who lacks character. I’ll never attend another game there while it bears his name!"

    Schnatter apologized for his comments, which included use of the n-word. "News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true," Schnatter said in a statement Wednesday. "Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society."

    "After speaking with John, I'm confident that his comments, while inappropriate, do not reflect his personal beliefs or values," Louisville Board of Trustees chairman J. David Grissom said in a statement, as reported by "No member of the board of trustees condones racism or insensitive language regardless of the setting. The University of Louisville embraces and celebrates diversity and is a supporter of all its students and stakeholders regardless as to their identity."

  • Friday, January, 05, 2018
    AB Today 2017: Our Top 10 Stories of the Past Year

    Deregulation and legal action. Out-of-control training and recruiting practices. These were topics that drew much of our readers’ attention in 2017.  AB Today has compiled a list of the top stories that broke in this space over the past year. Here are the 10 that garnered the most page views, in ascending order:

  • 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 "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.