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, January, 18, 2019
    UConn AD Says Deficit Won't Impact Capital Projects

    The University of Connecticut, five years removed from winning both the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, has reported a $40.5 million athletics budget deficit in 2018.


  • Thursday, January, 17, 2019
    Air Force Academy Takes Steps to Address Hazing

    A pair of recent hazing incidents have led the Air Force Academy's athletic department to employ an ombudsman to handle complaints, as well as institute a new system for cadets to anonymously report concerns.


  • Thursday, January, 17, 2019
    U. of Idaho Clarifies Policy on Reporting Misconduct

    The University of Idaho this week announced steps to clarify communication procedures in cases of sexual misconduct reporting.


  • Thursday, January, 17, 2019
    Martial Arts Studio Owner Plays Bruce Lee in Film

    Mike Moh grew up in Minnesota idolizing Bruce Lee. On June 26, the 35-year-old father of three will appear on the big screen as Lee, the legendary martial artist and actor, in Quentin Tarantino's new film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." How did the proprietor of a martial arts school in Waunakee, Wis., wind up in the same cast with Kurt Russell, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino and Leonardo DiCaprio? With a fighting spirit, as AB senior editor Paul Steinbach learned during a conversation with Moh on Lee's birthday, Nov. 27.


  • Thursday, January, 17, 2019
    Yale Puts Student-Athletes Up in Hotels During Break

    Most student-athletes at Yale University welcome the holiday break as a chance to intensify their training without the stress of classes. However, feelings are mixed when it comes to where those athletes stay between semesters.


  • Wednesday, January, 16, 2019
    Another Bill Targets South Dakota's Transgender Policy

    A bill introduced Monday in the South Dakota Legislature would void the South Dakota High School Activities Association's policy that allows transgender students to participate on sports teams that reflect their gender identities rather than the biological sex listed on their birth certificate.


  • Wednesday, January, 16, 2019
    Purdue Tops $1M in Ross-Ade Stadium Alcohol Sales

    Buoyed by three night games within a seven-game home football schedule, Purdue University saw alcohol sales at Ross-Ade Stadium exceed $1 million in 2018 — nearly doubling the total from 2017, when alcohol sales were expanded from premium club seats and suites to the stadium concourse.

    Gross sales jumped from $567,778 to $1,063,632, according to figures obtained by the Lafayette Journal & Courier, with concourse sales accounting for 73 percent of the gross revenue from both seasons. On six home dates last season, alcohol sales exceeded $100,000. That happened only twice in 2017.

    Of the 10 Big Ten Conference schools who sell alcohol at football games, Purdue is one of only four that sells alcohol stadium-wide. Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio State are the others.


  • Wednesday, January, 16, 2019
    Michigan to Pay Former USA Gymnastics Official $15K

    The University of Michigan will pay $15,000 to Rhonda Faehn, the former USA Gymnastics official fired by the school on Sunday, for the four days she spent in the university's employ.


  • Tuesday, January, 15, 2019
    Purdue Seeks Input on Ross-Ade Stadium Renovations

    Purdue University announced Monday that it will survey its fan base before embarking on what is being described as a massive renovation of Ross-Ade Stadium.


  • Monday, January, 14, 2019
    Michigan Athletic Department Rebukes Online 'Coverage'

    The University of Michigan released a letter to parents and student-athletes Friday warning them of the "coverage" given the Wolverines football program by online provocateur James Yoder.


  • 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.