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, February, 28, 2019
    Iowa Fined, Coach Suspended for Confrontation with Ref

    It's been a turbulent two weeks for the University of Iowa men's basketball program. Seven days after Hawkeyes broadcast partner Learfield suspended play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin for the rest of the season, the school suspended head coach Fran McCaffery for two games after he called a game official a "cheating motherf*cker" and "a f*cking disgrace."


  • Thursday, February, 28, 2019
    LSU Indoor Track Accents UREC Exterior

    The north elevation of Louisiana State University's UREC is almost entirely glass, affording the type of transparency and visual communication of activity often desired in recreation center design.


  • Thursday, February, 28, 2019
    Nebraska's Multi-Million-Dollar Severance Run Ends

    The University of Nebraska sent a check in the amount of $128,009 this week to Bo Pelini, who hasn't coached a football game at Nebraska since 2014.


  • Wednesday, February, 27, 2019
    EMU: Judge Can't Act as Athletic Director on Title IX

    Eastern Michigan University has appealed a federal court decision ordering it to reinstate its softball program, claiming the judge who handled the case doesn't have authority to play "athletic director."


  • Tuesday, February, 26, 2019
    Texas Nixes Use of Some Multiyear Guaranteed Deals

    University of Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte is reverting to a policy the school had used for decades to award assistant coaches and other athletic department staff members one-year appointment letters as opposed to multiyear guaranteed contracts.


  • Monday, February, 25, 2019
    Park Ramp Repair Takes Three Years, Costs $3 Million

    Work has reportedly resumed on a ramp in Brooklyn's Shore Road Park that leads to ball fields used by local schools and youth teams, but three years have already elapsed since the ramp was functional, and the repair is expected to cost nearly $3 million.


  • Monday, February, 25, 2019
    NJSIAA to Require Student-Athletes View Opioid Video

    Beginning next fall, high school student-athletes in New Jersey — and the parents of players under 18  — will be required to watch a video raising awareness that high school athletes face a higher risk of becoming addicted to prescription pain medication.


  • Monday, February, 25, 2019
    Iowa Broadcaster Suspended for 'King Kong' Comment

    Longtime University of Iowa basketball broadcaster Gary Dolphin regrets referring to a Maryland player from Angola as King Kong, but should he sit out the rest of the season? Opinion is mixed.


  • Friday, February, 22, 2019
    Statements, Questions in Wake of Boeheim Accident

    As Syracuse University prepared this week for what was anticipated to be the largest crowd to ever witness an on-campus college basketball game, news broke that head coach Jim Boeheim had struck and killed a pedestrian with his car.


  • Thursday, February, 21, 2019
    Indiana AD Reprimands Students on Profane Chant

    Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass apologized to his counterpart at Purdue following the behavior of student fans Tuesday night at Assembly Hall, then reprimanded the fans in an email.


  • 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.