• Video: Bringing the CrossFit Games to Madison

    by Emily Attwood April 2017

    Last November, CrossFit announced that Madison, Wis., would host the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games, ending the event’s seven-year stint in Los Angeles.

  • Commonsense Tips for Successful Leadership

    by Don Schumacher April 2017

    Over the past 35 years, I have had the privilege of serving in leadership positions ranging from managing a stadium and hall of fame to serving as president of a major arena, running my own sports marketing and consulting company, and helping to create and manage both a sports commission and the National Association of Sports Commissions.

  • AB Perspectives: What Is the Most Impressive Venue You've Visited?

    by Emily Attwood April 2017

    AB wants to know what impresses you most about other facilities and venues you've visited, and why?

  • AB Reader Perspective: Facility Improvement Wish List

    by AB Staff April 2017

    Is there something you would change about your facility's design? 

  • Athletic Business CEO Gretchen Brown Reflects on Magazine's Past

    by AB Staff April 2017

    From the very beginning, Athletic Business has been a family affair. The original publication combined founder Fenton Kelsey Jr.'s passion for ice hockey with a family tradition of publishing. Current CEO Gretchen Kelsey Brown played an integral part in the magazine's early production, and since her father's retirement in the mid-'80s has been at the helm of a publication credited with guiding the athletics, fitness and recreation industry through major changes and challenges. Account executive Michael Gaio recently sat down with Brown to discuss the evolving industry.

  • To Better Understand the Present, Look Back

    by Emily Attwood April 2017

    Athletic Business, as you will know quite well after you finish reading the APril issue, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. I, however, will only be celebrating six years with the company this year, which has made the past few months all the more invaluable.

  • AB Show: 35 years advancing the industry

    by Kate Rampone March 2017

    At our last company meeting, huddled around the conference room table reminiscing about the history of the Athletic Business Show, we couldn't help but ask ourselves where the time has gone and marvel at the evolution of our annual show from its humble beginnings to where it is today. With the growing success of Athletic Purchasing and Facilities, it became clear that athletic, fitness and recreational professionals, as well as manufacturers around the world, needed an event where they could come together to share ideas, find solutions and drive the industry forward. The AP&F Facilities/Equipment Conference was born, providing a single event and educational platform designed to cultivate a strong sense of community within our industry. Join us on our trek down memory lane, as we recall some key moments over the past 35 years that have helped to shape today's AB Show and our industry:

  • Augie's Quest Continues with 12th Annual BASH

    by Jason Scott February 2017

    Augie’s Quest, the effort focused on treating and curing ALS, is once again partnering with IHRSA on the 12th Annual BASH for Augie’s Quest.

  • Infographic: Football's Popularity on Rise Among Women

    by AB Editors February 2017

    Today is National Girls & Women in Sports Day! This day serves to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports. Seeing as the 51st Super Bowl is just a few days away, let’s take a look at the progress women have made in the male-dominated world of football.

  • Letter from the Editor: What's Your Why?

    by Emily Attwood January 2017

    Athletic Business held its 35th conference and trade show this past November in Orlando. For attendees, it's a chance to learn, to network and to see the latest tools to improve their programs and facilities. For me, the experience offers a renewed outlook on why I do what I do.