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.
  • Friday, April, 05, 2019
    UNC Coach Hatchell Accused of Racial Insensitivity

    A week after news broke that the entire University of North Carolina women's basketball coaching staff had been placed on administrative leave come specifics as to grievances involving head coach Sylvia Hatchell.


  • Thursday, April, 04, 2019
    Road to the Final Four by Bus for MSU Band, Cheer Team

    Unlike Colgate, which denied its band a chance to play at the NCAA tournament, Michigan State will send musicians to the Final Four in Minneapolis. But there's no room on the plane for the Spartan band, which along with the MSU cheer squad will travel the 636 miles by bus.


  • Wednesday, April, 03, 2019
    U. of Illinois to Broaden Beer Sales in Athletic Venues

    The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday that it will add beer to public concessions options in general seating areas at Memorial Stadium (football) and State Farm Center (basketball) beginning this fall. Plans to allow beer sales at Illinois Field (baseball) and Eichelberger Field (softball) are also being finalized.


  • Wednesday, April, 03, 2019
    Alabama Addresses Students' Fourth-Quarter Attrition

    University of Alabama students received an email Monday priming them for the upcoming football season in terms of ticket packaging and individual game pricing. At the end of the email came a one-paragraph introduction to Tide Loyalty Points, a new program designed to keep students from vacating their seats late during games at Bryant-Denny Stadium.


  • Tuesday, April, 02, 2019
    Suit: HS Staff Failed to Respond to Sexual Misconduct

    Complaints that an assistant water polo and swim coach at Kennedy High School in La Palma, Calif., was sexually abusing student-athletes were not taken seriously or swept under the rug in short order, according to the The Orange County Register.


  • Tuesday, April, 02, 2019
    UNC Women's Basketball Coaches Placed on Paid Leave

    The entire University of North Carolina women's basketball coaching staff has been placed on paid administrative leave over "issues raised by student-athletes and others."


  • Monday, April, 01, 2019
    Fiserv Forum Features Bird-Friendly Facade

    Simple design considerations can save lives.


  • Monday, April, 01, 2019
    Turf Central to Revitalized Stadium, Neighborhood

    Entering downtown Madison from the east, one can see Wisconsin's Capitol building for miles along East Washington Avenue. Until recently, the boulevard approach to that skyline-defining landmark was flanked by blocks of tired buildings and used car lots. One such structure was hardly identifiable from the street — a fortress-like wall of sandstone topped by stadium light fixtures and terminating in a grandstand curiously positioned within the grid.


  • Monday, April, 01, 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.


  • Monday, April, 01, 2019
    Four Considerations When Specifying Indoor Training Turf

    Tyron Woodley's road to redemption will be paved with synthetic turf.


  • 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.