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.
  • Friday, April, 19, 2019
    Girl Told by AD She Had 'Great Ass' for Sports Got $72K

    Remember the prominent New Jersey high school athletic director who spoke positive words about Adolf Hitler during a presentation on leadership last month? Turns out he likely has a history of saying inappropriate things.


  • Thursday, April, 18, 2019
    Wisconsin to Realign HS Football Conferences Statewide

    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association has voted unanimously to implement statewide football-only conference alignment.


  • Thursday, April, 18, 2019
    Campus Officials, Police Defend Turf Field Protections

    Prior to the 2016-17 academic year, Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, replaced three standard-sized athletic fields with multiple synthetic turf fields, and has been busy keeping unauthorized users off the fields ever since, according to a report in The Wichitan student newspaper.


  • Tuesday, April, 16, 2019
    Mizzou's 'Tiger Stripes' Ticketing Targets Businesses

    In response to declining football attendance, the University of Missouri has created a new program that offers any business in the mid-state area a choice of three ticketing packages.


  • Monday, April, 15, 2019
    Report: UCLA Aware of Pay-for-Admissions in 2014

    The University of Southern California has garnered much of the attention in the college admissions scandal, but new revelations indicate rival UCLA was aware of cash-for-admissions arrangements on its campus dating back to 2014.


  • Friday, April, 12, 2019
    FDA Warns About Using Apps to Diagnose Concussions

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers this week against using a phone or tablet exclusively in concussion diagnosis.


  • Friday, April, 12, 2019
    U. of Arizona Settles with Athlete in Coach Assault Case

    The University of Arizona has settled a lawsuit filed in 2015 by a former student-athlete who claimed the school failed to protect her from a former track-and-field coach now serving a five-year prison sentence.


  • Thursday, April, 11, 2019
    NKU Performance Reviews Addressed Coach's Behavior

    Northern Kentucky University women's basketball coach Camryn Whitaker had been told in recent performance reviews to be more positive with her players, but it wasn't enough to deter the athletic department from extending her contract through 2021.


  • Thursday, April, 11, 2019
    Justin Seuser Shares Dual Perspective as AD, Official

    Mike McCarthy made headlines months after being fired from the Green Bay Packers sidelines when in February the former NFL head coach berated a crew of high school basketball officials as they exited a gym in Pulaski, Wis. It was the latest video evidence of the type of verbal abuse that has caused the average official to quit the job within three years of starting, leading to a nationwide shortage of officials and prompting state athletic associations to attempt to quell fan rage through "Cool It!" campaigns. Justin Seuser has seen it firsthand from multiple angles — as athletic director at Buhler (Kan.) High School and as a collegiate basketball official. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked for Seuser's perspective on both professions and the problem of fan behavior.


  • Wednesday, April, 10, 2019
    Grass Advocates Warn UNC About Turf Conversion

    Fearing sod producers are losing revenue to out-of-state synthetic turf companies, Turfgrass Producers International and the North Carolina Sod Producers Association sent a letter to high-ranking officials at the University of North Carolina warning of higher injury rates connected to playing on turf.


  • 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.