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.
  • Thursday, July, 06, 2017
    Stunning UNC Greensboro Plaza Serves as Bioswale

    The entry plaza to the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness at the University of North Carolina Greensboro is not only beautiful but hard-working.


  • Thursday, June, 29, 2017
    Law Professor Promotes Way to Pay College Athletes

    It's called the Duke Model for a number of reasons. Its architect attended Duke University's School of Law, the Blue Devils basketball program is emblematic of big-time college sports, and the Rice Model sounded too agricultural for David Grenardo, who played football for the Owls in the mid-1990s. People are just starting to digest Grenardo's writings on collegiate student-athlete compensation, which suggest athletic conferences control payment amounts based on their own purse and individual performance — a player's availability (games started) and statistical impact (categories led), as well as conference members' post-season success. Poised to see his 46-page work published this year by the Brooklyn Law Review, the author believes this to be a better approach than the type of free-market system being fought for in the ongoing Jenkins v. NCAA class action. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Grenardo, an associate professor of law at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, to make his case.


  • Friday, June, 23, 2017
    Arkansas State Stadium Expansion to Feature Waterfalls

    Waterfalls as sports facility amenities is a concept that began making noise when the University of Alabama opened its renovated Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility to much fanfare in 2013. But despite the inclusion of four waterfalls over therapy pools in the Crimson Tide's football operations building, the features are small and for the most part out of public view. Now, one school has decided to bring cascading water to the fan experience.


  • Thursday, June, 22, 2017
    Kansas Moves Forward with $300M Stadium Renovation

    After a renovation of Memorial Stadium had been discussed for nearly a decade, the University of Kansas is taking significant steps toward that goal. Athletic director Sheahon Zenger announced Wednesday at a "Football in June" event that plans for the $300 million project would be released in September, with renderings available in three weeks.

    A major component of the renovation is likely to be an indoor practice facility, which KU has lacked. It's further evidence of Zenger's commitment to football, according to Jayhawks head coach David Beaty. “That guy has done so much here, and for him to clear the deck and really make room for football right now — and he’s a football guy at heart — knowing that our fans deserve a really, really nice stadium," Beaty told the standing-room-only crowd, according to The Kansas City Star. The practice facility, which would end an era of the football team practicing indoors at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, a track and field facility, is a welcome priority for Beaty. “It will be something that will be just that next step in transcending our program to the next level,” Beaty said. “We really do have to keep up with the facility war that goes on out there.”

    Zenger emphasized the importance of the football program and the stadium renovation in May, when he signed a three-year contract extension, stating, "I think it’s the greatest setting in the nation for college football. We just need to get it to the point where it’s a place that’s just revered.”


    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article157511239.html#storylink=cpy

    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article157511239.html#storylink=cpy
    Zenger emphasized the importance of football and a stadium renovation after signing a three-year contract extension in May, stating, "I think it’s the greatest setting in the nation for college football. We just need to get it to the point where it’s a place that’s just revered.”

     


    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansa/article157511239.html#storylink=cpy

    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article157511239.html#storylink=cp

  • Tuesday, June, 13, 2017
    Leveraging the Esports Popularity Boom

    Brian Mirakian had never seen anything quite like it. He was among 18,000 people packing New York's Madison Square Garden to witness teams of video gamers compete in the 2015 League of Legends World Championship Semifinals.


  • Thursday, June, 08, 2017
    Rachel Moyer’s AEDs-in-Schools Mission Gains Momentum

    Of the many stories Rachel Moyer tells about people saved by automated external defibrillators, one stands out. It involves a former Notre Dame High School girls' basketball player from East Stroudsburg, Pa., whose team shared a bus with the boys' team the night in December 2000 that Moyer's sophomore son Greg died of sudden cardiac arrest. Finding inspiration in that tragedy, Maureen Burke is now an athletic trainer and just last year helped save the life of a 59-year-old sportswriter at a high school basketball game by using an AED. "To me, that's more than a coincidence," says Rachel Moyer, a past president of Parent Heart Watch and tireless grant writer for the Greg W. Moyer Defibrillator Fund. Since losing her son, Moyer has helped place 2,500 AEDs in schools across the country (a number that has more than doubled in the six years since AB last spoke to her) and trained more than 22,000 people in CPR and AED use. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach reconnected with Moyer for an update on her goal to see every high school in America outfitted with the life-saving technology.


  • Thursday, June, 01, 2017
    Design Details: T-Mobile Arena’s Club Spaces Cantilever Over Seating Bowl

    The triangular tower lofts that bookend Hyde Lounge inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas are unlike anything seen before in an arena space.


  • Thursday, May, 18, 2017
    Fan Dies After Falling Over Railing at Wrigley

    An autopsy is scheduled today for a fan who fell over a railing Tuesday night at Wrigley Field and died Wednesday afternoon.


  • Wednesday, May, 17, 2017
    The Case for High School Strength Coach Hires

    By the time student-athletes reach the collegiate level, most have gained some measure of elite status — even before a certified strength and conditioning coach has had a chance to assess their talents and influence their trajectory. But what about high school athletes? Physical maturity can vary greatly from ninth grade to 12th grade, or even within the same class of peers. Moreover, the difference in developmental rates between boys and girls ages 14 to 18 is pronounced, not to mention each gender's inherent physical differences.


  • Wednesday, May, 10, 2017
    LED Lighting Brings Special Effects to Stadiums

    When the Minnesota Vikings' Brad Sorensen tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Jhurell Pressley near the end of the first half of a game against the Rams last season, it set off a spectacle never before seen at a Super Bowl, let alone a preseason game in September.


  • 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.