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, March, 08, 2019
    Students Decry District's Physical Maturity Test

    The Skaneateles (N.Y.) Central School District Board of Education drew a full house to its meeting Tuesday and heard testimony for two girls questioning a district athletic policy put in place since last summer to determine if middle school students are physically mature enough to compete in sports at the high school level.


  • Thursday, March, 07, 2019
    Maryland: Most Post-McNair Recommendations in Place

    University of Maryland athletic director Damon Evans told an advisory council Wednesday that his department has completed 18 of the 20 recommendations made in the wake of football player Jordan McNair's death last June.


  • Wednesday, March, 06, 2019
    Auburn U., Area High Schools Take On Tornado Relief

    Auburn University has announced its athletic department will assist relief efforts in the wake of Sunday's tornado that produced 170-mile-per-hour winds and left at least 23 dead in Lee County, a mere 10 miles from the Auburn campus, as reported by The Auburn Plainsman.


  • Tuesday, March, 05, 2019
    S.C. Baseball Fans Fume Over Concessions Back-Ups

    The University of South Carolina baseball team beat rival Clemson by a football-like score of 14-3 Sunday. And while the win secured a 2-1 series victory for the Gamecocks, fans were feeling shortchanged by the experience at Founders Park, notably the inability of concessions stand workers to keep up with demand.


  • Tuesday, March, 05, 2019
    Mountain West: Court Storming Didn't Cause Incident

    The Mountain West Conference has concluded that altercations on and off the court Saturday following Utah State's victory over then-No. 12 Nevada in men's basketball resulted from the actions of individuals representing both programs and not the fans who rushed the floor at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan.


  • Monday, March, 04, 2019
    Court Storming Sparks Hallway Melee at Utah State

    Was it an upset worthy of storming the court? Was it even an upset in the first place?


  • Monday, March, 04, 2019
    Mercedes-Benz Stadium to Be First to Go Cashless

    Since opening in August 2017, Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium has taken an atypical approach to concessions, and today MBS officials announced that the stadium will become the first to go completely cashless.


  • Friday, March, 01, 2019
    YMCA's Roof Bends to Interior Volume Requirements

    Initial impressions of Shane Homes YMCA invariably focus on its signature undulating roof.


  • Friday, March, 01, 2019
    Study: 5.2-Foot Buffer Needed to Make Basketball Safer

    Researchers at the University of New Haven have examined what constitutes a safe buffer zone around basketball courts.


  • Friday, March, 01, 2019
    N.C. State Latest to Seek Restitution in Adidas Case

    North Carolina State University this week submitted a "victim impact statement" to a federal court in New York, claiming the government's well-publicized fraud trial involving N.C. State shoe and apparel partner Adidas has damaged the university.


  • 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.