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, May, 20, 2019
    Following Death in Family, Lacrosse Team Forfeits Game

    Members of the Pascack Hills High School girls' lacrosse team decided to forfeit their New Jersey state quarterfinal game against Mahwah on Friday afternoon, after the death of a Pascack player's family member that morning.


  • Monday, May, 20, 2019
    AD on Leave Over Football Camp Back-Slapping Game

    The athletics director at Arizona Lutheran Academy in Phoenix has been placed on leave over a back-slapping game that took place during football camp in 2017.


  • Friday, May, 17, 2019
    Bogus Tennis Admit Claims Ignorance, Sues Georgetown

    Georgetown University has announced its intention to expel two students whose admission was linked to the bribery scandal still unfolding in federal court, including one student who is suing the university claiming he knew nothing about his father's scheme to land him on the prestigious Washington D.C. campus.


  • Friday, May, 17, 2019
    San Jose State Athletics Skimmed Scholarship Gifts

    The student newspaper at San Jose State University found that less than 5 percent of $6.3 million raised from 2013 to 2016 actually served its intended purpose — funding student-athlete scholarships. Instead, 95 cents of every dollar went toward car allowances and stipends for coaches and staff.


  • Thursday, May, 16, 2019
    Woman Accidentally Shot at College Baseball Game

    Even the tightest venue security measures can't account for every contingency — such as a loaded gun being pulled by a child from a Jeep on display for Veterans Appreciation Day.


  • Wednesday, May, 15, 2019
    Mercedes-Benz Vendors Bemoan Tips Under Card Policy

    Cashless stadium transactions may be convenient for spectators, but the concept doesn't have many fans among concessions vendors.


  • Wednesday, May, 15, 2019
    Locker Room Broomstick Scandal Rocks HS Program

    The athletic director and junior varsity football coach at Damascus (Md.) High School have been placed on administrative leave following an alleged locker room assault on several junior varsity players last October, the school announced Tuesday.


  • Monday, May, 13, 2019
    Softball Team Filed Suit, Still Waits for Locker Room

    Lawmakers in Hawaii have allocated money for 10 public schools to design and build girls' locker rooms in 2020 and 2021. Left off of that list is Campbell High School near Honolulu.


  • Monday, May, 13, 2019
    Did Coaching Endowments Lead to Yale Admissions?

    Yale University, among the schools implicated in the nationwide admissions scandal, admitted students whose families endowed coaching positions or athletic programs in at least half a dozen cases, according to a review by The Boston Globe.


  • Thursday, May, 09, 2019
    MAC Commissioner Discusses Student-Athlete Mental Health

    Want to know what's on the minds of collegiate student-athletes? Ask them. That's just what Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher did following the 2013-14 academic year, when he sought direction from MAC athletes regarding issues his office could better address. Their response steered the league to the national forefront of mental health awareness and promotion in the form of its recurring Mental Health Summit and Mental Health Awareness Week. This year, the MAC's third summit gathered dozens of student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and medical experts to discuss the prevention of self-harm and suicide. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Steinbrecher to open up about the conference's ongoing efforts.


  • 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.