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.
  • Thursday, March, 14, 2019
    NJSIAA Eyes Raising Member Dues, Tournament Fees

    As expected, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association finance director Colleen Maguire unveiled potential increases to membership dues and tournament fees Wednesday during the Directors of Athletics Association of New Jersey state conference in Atlantic City.


  • Thursday, March, 14, 2019
    Memphis Attendance Up, Short of Full Grizzlies Payout

    The University of Memphis men's basketball team averaged 8,813 fans per game this season, according to turnstile count figures obtained by The Commercial Appeal through an open records request. That's nearly double the number from last season, when the university drew only 4,583 fans, and will result in a partial payment from the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies per the school's lease agreement with the FedExForum.


  • Thursday, March, 14, 2019
    The 2019 Purchasing Survey

    The 2019 Athletic Business Purchasing Survey offers our most complete picture yet of the athletics, fitness and recreation industries, with 1,075 respondents participating — our most ever.


  • Wednesday, March, 13, 2019
    Ex-Coach Beaty Sues Kansas, Claims Breach of Contract

    Former University of Kansas football coach David Beaty is suing the school's athletic department, claiming it concocted reasons to fire him to avoid a $3 million payout.


  • Wednesday, March, 13, 2019
    As Pac-12 Struggles, Commissioner Stays in Posh Suite

    On the heels of news that its media networks are underperforming and its member payouts are sinking to the bottom of the Power Five, comes another financial question mark for the Pac-12 Conference. Why is commissioner Larry Scott staying in a $7,500-per-night luxury suite this week during the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas?


  • Tuesday, March, 12, 2019
    Rival Schools Ban Students from All Spring Match-Ups

    The rivalry between two California high schools was so heated during the 2018-19 football and basketball seasons that an unusual precaution has been taken of banning students from attending all spring events involving the two schools.


  • Tuesday, March, 12, 2019
    Wisconsin Governor's Budget Would Upgrade UW Venues

    In his first budget as Wisconsin governor, Tony Evers is earmarking $126 million for capital projects at two University of Wisconsin athletics venues.


  • Monday, March, 11, 2019
    As Attendance Falls, How Much to Charge for HS Sports?

    The California Interscholastic Federation will raise sports fees the next two years in response to declining attendance at high school championship events, and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association may soon follow suit.


  • Monday, March, 11, 2019
    Study: Coaches Really Do Affect Sports Success

    Researchers at the University of Chicago have determined that the impact coaches have on a team's success is significant, and that certain coaches are more effective than others.


  • Friday, March, 08, 2019
    Teacher 'Sickout' Nixes Fan Buses to Tournament Game

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association scheduled the game precisely to attract a big crowd from Butler Traditional High School in Louisville, Ky., but a teacher "sickout" in Jefferson County Public Schools prevented some 400 Butler students from traveling to Lexington on Thursday for a noon tipoff against Perry County Central in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 state tournament game.


  • 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.