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, February, 14, 2019
    Pac-12 Networks Not Performing as Anticipated

    The Pac-12 Networks are "shrinking in reach and drastically underperforming revenue expectations," according to The Seattle Times.


  • Wednesday, February, 13, 2019
    LSU Broadens Booze Footprint at Football, Baseball

     

    Louisiana State University continues to leverage alcohol sales at athletic events with two recent announcements. Football fans will soon have access to a second Tiger Stadium location of "The Chute," where a $20 entry fee afforded access to seven brands of beer — and, by midseason, a selection of three wines — in 2018. Meanwhile, baseball fans will be able to purchase beer and wine in two tented areas dubbed "The Yard" at Alex Box Stadium.


  • Tuesday, February, 12, 2019
    Corey Maggette ID'd as Ex-Duke Player Accused of Rape

    The identity of a former Duke University men's basketball player accused of rape by one of Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax's sexual assault accusers has been revealed as Corey Maggette.


  • Tuesday, February, 12, 2019
    Emerging Technologies Fuel Rehab, Recovery

    When this article first appeared in AB Today on Tuesday, it contained incorrect information regarding the functionality of Cryo Innovations equipment. Cryo Innovations cryotherapy chambers utilize liquid nitrogen. The editors regret the error.

    One takeaway from baseball's steroid era is that performance-enhancing drugs themselves didn't bulk up Barry Bonds, but their recuperative properties allowed Bonds to hit the weight room more frequently — and hit home runs at a record clip. Later, the oft-injured Ryan Braun would turn to PEDs as a way to not necessarily enhance performance, or so he claimed, but at least secure his place in the lineup by slowing the process of his body breaking down.


  • Monday, February, 11, 2019
    Women's Basketball Coach Benched Over Player Injury

    The discipliner becomes the disciplined. St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia has suspended its women's basketball coach for the remainder of the season after a player was injured from a disciplinary measure.


  • Monday, February, 11, 2019
    Duke, Krzyzewski React to Player Assault Allegation

    One of the women accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault also claims that a member of Duke University's 1998-99 basketball team sexually assaulted her in 1999.


  • Friday, February, 08, 2019
    Report: USM's Hopson Failed to Disclose Player's Priors

    University of Southern Mississippi head football coach Jay Hopson reportedly did not inform athletic department officials about rape accusations against a junior college transfer student Hopson signed in January.


  • Friday, February, 08, 2019
    Lawmaker: Let College Athletes in Maryland Unionize

    Citing the death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair and the victims of Larry Nassar's abuse at Michigan State, a Maryland lawmaker has proposed legislation to allow collegiate student-athletes in her state to unionize.


  • Thursday, February, 07, 2019
    Parents of Drowned Child Sue Club, Others for $56M

    The parents of a five-year-old boy who drowned on the first day of a summer camp hosted by Timberhill Athletic Club in Corvallis, Ore., are suing the club, certain staff members, and state and county authorities for $56.6 million.


  • Thursday, February, 07, 2019
    U. of Houston Fires Strength Coach Over Rhabdo Cases

    The University of Houston has fired strength coach Minor Bowens after a dozen women's soccer players experienced rhabdomyolysis following a recent workout.


  • 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.