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, 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.


  • Monday, June, 03, 2019
    District Scrambles to Cover Stadium Renovation Debt

    Durango (Colo.) School District 9-R failed to raise enough money to cover an annual loan payment for a stadium renovation completed in 2016 at Durango High School, which has left the district scrambling to pay a budget shortfall ahead of planned budget cuts for the 2019-20 school year, according to The Journal of Cortez, Colo.


  • Saturday, June, 01, 2019
    How Marquette Fast-Tracked Lacrosse Locker Rooms

    Prior to this past spring, Nick Grill would lug his lacrosse bag and stick the eight blocks from his residence to the Marquette University lacrosse offices — recently carved out of an existing campus building — where the stuff could be stored temporarily in a back room. On game day, a soccer locker room became the temporary home for Grill, his Golden Eagle teammates and their gear.


  • Saturday, June, 01, 2019
    Natatorium’s Design Carries Wave Motif to New Heights

    Wave themes have had a tidal influence on aquatic center design, but few facilities carry the aesthetic to grander heights than the Emerald Glen Recreation & Aquatic Complex in Dublin, Calif.


  • Saturday, June, 01, 2019
    Outfitting Your Fleet with Utility Vehicles

    They can provide a smooth finish on a baseball infield and a smooth lift for an injured football player. They can haul fertilizer and tow the spreader that will throw it. They can transport mechanics and mechanical supplies within the bowels of a stadium and shuttle fans from parking areas to turnstiles on game day or recruits across campus during tour visits. Few pieces of equipment have as far reaching an impact on facility operations as the utility vehicle.


  • Friday, May, 31, 2019
    As SEC Mulls Alcohol, Georgia to Sell to $25K Donors

    One topic of discussion during the Southeastern Conference meetings this week in Florida was the sale of alcohol to the general population at sporting events. At SEC-member Georgia, at least for the time being, sales will be restricted.


  • Friday, May, 31, 2019
    Three Former Linemen Sue UCLA Over Injury Treatment

    Three former UCLA offensive linemen are suing the school alleging that mistreatment of concussions and other injuries only made their situations worse.


  • 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.