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.
  • Monday, June, 24, 2019
    Federal Complaint Addresses Transgender Inclusion

    A girls' track athlete from Bloomfield (Conn.) High School has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, claiming inclusion of transgender athletes in a qualifying race kept her from completing in the New England regionals.


  • Monday, June, 24, 2019
    Dodger Stadium Site of Another Foul Ball Injury

    A young woman was taken to the hospital Sunday after being struck in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium.


  • Wednesday, June, 19, 2019
    District Athletic Trainer Reflects on 33-Year Career

    When Kelly Hoke, fresh out of college in 1986, became the first athletic trainer in the Rome (N.Y.) City School District's history, she had one request: an ice machine. When cell phone technology emerged, she was the first district employee to ask for and receive a brick-like mobile device that allowed Hoke to be reached day and night while tending to student-athletes competing at various venues in grades 7 through 12. But nothing — not education or ice or state-of-the-art connectivity — could equip Hoke for the shock in 2015 of responding to her own son after he was knocked unconscious during an eighth-grade football game. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Hoke, who is retired May 24 from the only professional position she's ever held, about that emotional day and the changes she has witnessed in athletic training over the past 33 years.


  • Wednesday, June, 12, 2019
    Not All SEC Schools in Hurry to Broaden Alcohol Sales

    The Southeastern Conference opened the door to member schools selling beer and wine in general seating areas late last month, but not every member institution is leaping at the new opportunity.


  • Wednesday, June, 12, 2019
    Packers' Rodgers Funds Cal Locker Room, Scholarship

    Aaron Rodgers has often introduced himself to Monday Night Football audiences as having attended Butte Community College. This week, he gave a major shoutout — and a seven-figure gift — to his alma mater Cal.


  • Tuesday, June, 11, 2019
    Bill Seeks Separate Public, Private Playoffs for PIAA

    Pennsylvania Rep. Aaron Bernstine scheduled a news conference for today to discuss a bill that would force the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to hold separate postseason tournaments for public and parochial/private high schools.


  • Thursday, June, 06, 2019
    Ex-USC AD Haden Subject of Fed's Scandal Scrutiny

    Former University of Southern California football player and athletic director Pat Haden has come under scrutiny by federal investigators for potential ties to William "Rick" Singer, the established ringleader of the college admissions scandal that broke earlier this year.


  • Wednesday, June, 05, 2019
    MLB: No Mid-Season Stadium Netting Changes Expected

    One of the lasting images of the Major League Baseball season so far is the horrified reaction of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. after a foul ball off his bat sent a young girl to the hospital last Wednesday in Houston.


  • Tuesday, June, 04, 2019
    Poll Reveals Pepperdine Has Potential Branding Problem

    With its enrollment of 3,500, location near Malibu, Calif., and lack of a football program, it's not surprising that Pepperdine University and its affiliated marks aren't instantly recognized on the national collegiate athletics scene.


  • Monday, June, 03, 2019
    SEC Ends Prohibition, Schools Allowed to Sell Alcohol

    Southeastern Conference chancellors and school presidents on Friday approved revised rules that will allow member institutions to sell alcohol throughout public seating areas at athletic events, if they so choose.


  • 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 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.