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, February, 25, 2019
    Iowa Broadcaster Suspended for 'King Kong' Comment

    Longtime University of Iowa basketball broadcaster Gary Dolphin regrets referring to a Maryland player from Angola as King Kong, but should he sit out the rest of the season? Opinion is mixed.


  • Friday, February, 22, 2019
    Statements, Questions in Wake of Boeheim Accident

    As Syracuse University prepared this week for what was anticipated to be the largest crowd to ever witness an on-campus college basketball game, news broke that head coach Jim Boeheim had struck and killed a pedestrian with his car.


  • Thursday, February, 21, 2019
    Indiana AD Reprimands Students on Profane Chant

    Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass apologized to his counterpart at Purdue following the behavior of student fans Tuesday night at Assembly Hall, then reprimanded the fans in an email.


  • Wednesday, February, 20, 2019
    Courtside Seats Set Syracuse Up for Attendance Record

    Syracuse University has managed to squeeze four additional seats on both sides of the Carrier Dome scorer's table, setting the stage for a new on-campus basketball attendance record when Duke visits the Orange on Saturday.


  • Wednesday, February, 20, 2019
    AD Defends Decision to Sideline Coach over Language

    Red River High School in Grand Forks, N.D., placed decorated boys' hockey coach Bill Chase on leave last week for "conduct unbecoming and unfitting of a high school coach, including a history [of] derogatory, demeaning, and intimidating language," according to documents obtained by the Grand Forks Herald through an open records request.


  • Tuesday, February, 19, 2019
    Former Coach Sues Newman University, AD over Title IX

    A former volleyball coach at Newman University in Wichita, Kan., is suing the Division II Catholic institution and its athletic director, claiming her internal sex discrimination and harassment complaints were met with pushback.


  • Monday, February, 18, 2019
    Fans Prompt U. of Wisconsin to Mull Stadium Handrails

    The lower seating bowl of Camp Randall Stadium, home to University of Wisconsin football, has seen few significant changes since 1917, but it may see the addition of handrails for the first time if safety-conscious fans get their way.


  • Monday, February, 18, 2019
    Court Rules That Villanova Can Build Athletics Dome

    A Walmart-sized athletics dome may soon be popping up on the Villanova University campus in Radnor Township, Pa.


  • Monday, February, 18, 2019
    Utah Adding Renovation Fee to Football Season Tickets

    To help fund a south end zone expansion that's still in the approval process, the University of Utah is upping both the price of 2019 football season tickets and the donations required to access certain seats.


  • Friday, February, 15, 2019
    Ole Miss Reserve Fund Takes $16M Hit During Bowl Ban

    How costly can a bowl ban be? The University of Mississippi reports that its athletic department reserve fund took a $16 million hit during the two years the Rebels football program was sidelined from post-season play.


  • 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.