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.
  • Tuesday, January, 29, 2019
    Principal Defends Basketball Players' Anthem Kneeling

    Three members of the Chandler (Ariz.) High School boys' basketball team have been taking a knee during the national anthem all season, according to school principal Larry Rother, who defended the players' right to do so.


  • Monday, January, 28, 2019
    Can Los Angeles Stadium Bring New Financing Model?

    On schedule to be completed by 2020, the future home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers is three and a half times the size of Disneyland and twice as big as Vatican City. At a cost of well over $5 billion, the development includes a 70,240-seat stadium (with expanded capacity of 100,000 for special events) and a 6,000-seat performance center under one roof, surrounded by a 298-acre complex of office buildings, shops, restaurants, residential units, hotels and parks. A 250,000-square-foot West Coast headquarters for NFL Media and the NFL Network will be constructed on the site in stages.


  • Friday, January, 25, 2019
    Idaho Rejects Latest Appeal to Implement Shot Clock

    The Idaho High School Athletic Association has rejected the latest appeal to implement a shot clock for boys' and girls' basketball competition, despite the vast majority of coaches favoring such a rule change.


  • Friday, January, 25, 2019
    Duke Expanding Krzyzewskiville for Safety of Walk-Ups

    The drunken mob situation before a men's basketball game against the University of North Carolina last year has prompted Duke University to expand its tent city — known as Krzyzewskiville — for would-be ticket-buyers.


  • Thursday, January, 24, 2019
    Lower Concessions Prices Carry Over to Super Bowl LIII

    The same relatively reasonable prices enjoyed by Atlanta Falcons fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will extend to Super Bowl LIII, as well.


  • Tuesday, January, 22, 2019
    Yale Changes Policy Excusing Athletes from Class

    Yale University has adjusted its dean's excuse policy as it applies to student-athletes whose travel commitments interfere with their in-class obligations.


  • Tuesday, January, 22, 2019
    High School Loses Appeal Over Pregame Smoke

    Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh has lost its appeal to lift a one-game suspension on head football coach Jon LeDonne, based on his team's use of sideline smoke devices last season.


  • Monday, January, 21, 2019
    Rockford University Partners with Park District Facility

    The Rockford University softball team has found a home away from home. Through a partnership with the local park district, the Illinois school is relocating its practices from a cramped campus gymnasium to full indoor fields at the local park district's Mercyhealth's Sportscore Two campus.


  • Monday, January, 21, 2019
    Wyoming to Replace Rejected $2M from Convicted Donor

    The University of Wyoming is exploring ways to replace the $2 million pledge toward a High Altitude Performance Center that the school rejected in December, roughly a month after the donor was convicted of third-degree sexual assault.


  • Friday, January, 18, 2019
    U. of Wisconsin Merging Food Service, Concessions

    The University of Wisconsin athletic department has opted to outsource its entire food-service business and place it in the hands of a single vendor.


  • 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.