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.
  • Wednesday, February, 06, 2019
    Auburn Paid Jacobs Nearly $3M After Resignation as AD

    According to records obtained by Auburn Undercover, former Auburn University athletic director Jay Jacobs received nearly $3 million in severance compensation following his departure in 2018.


  • Wednesday, February, 06, 2019
    Sandusky Denied New Trial, But Will Be Re-Sentenced

    Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of child molestation in 2012, was denied a new trial by Pennsylvania Superior Court appeals panel, which instead remanded Sandusky's case to the lower court for re-sentencing.


  • Tuesday, February, 05, 2019
    Maryland's Big Ten Membership Not Lifting Football

    The University of Maryland hoped membership in the Big Ten Conference would help elevate its football program, but that has not been the case.


  • Monday, February, 04, 2019
    U. of Houston Women's Soccer Players Get Rhabdo

    If you thought only football players were susceptible to rhabdomyolysis, think again.


  • Friday, February, 01, 2019
    SIUE's $25 for 25 Campaign Leverages GPA Streak

    To celebrate 25 consecutive semesters in which its student-athletes achieved a collective grade-point average of 3.0 or better, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has launched a $25 for 25 fundraising campaign.


  • Friday, February, 01, 2019
    Report: No 'Inequitable Treatment' in Iowa Athletics

    Nearly two years removed from the University of Iowa paying $6.5 million to settle discrimination claims, an independent report has determined that Iowa's athletic department harbored no "inequitable treatment of applicants or employees on the basis of protected class," the university said Thursday.


  • Thursday, January, 31, 2019
    Stephen F. Austin State Offers Unique Rewards Program

    Characterized as the first blockchain-powered rewards program in college sports history, the Token Club at Stephen A. Austin State University offers digital tokens to participants for purchasing tickets and attending sporting events, with the chance to win prizes.


  • Wednesday, January, 30, 2019
    LHSAA Lifts Ban on Immigrants Playing Prep Sports

    In a vote taken Friday at the Louisiana High School Athletics Association’s annual convention in Baton Rouge, member principals agreed to allow students to use either the Louisiana Student Secure ID or a special LHSAA-only number to register for teams, eliminating the requirement to produce a Social Security number and thus allowing some immigrant students to play high school sports.


  • Wednesday, January, 30, 2019
    Amid Alcohol Rumors, Nebraska AD Defends Approach

    Bill Moos has been a Division I athletic director for 26 years, but only for the past 15 months at the University of Nebraska. Now he faces rumors that his use of alcohol has affected his job performance with the Huskers.


  • Tuesday, January, 29, 2019
    LSU Changing Ticket Pricing for Football, Baseball

    Louisiana State University has announced that it will raise certain ticket prices for football and baseball, keep other prices the same and lower some prices.


  • 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.