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Michael Popke

Michael Popke

Michael Popke is an award-winning journalist with 25 years of professional experience in print and digital media. For 15 years, he was managing editor of Athletic Business, the leading business-to-business magazine and website for athletic, fitness and recreation professionals. He also has coached baseball, basketball and softball, worked as a USA Swimming stroke-and-turn official and is an avid high school sports and aquatics safety supporter. Michael owns Two Lakes Media Group and lives in the Madison, Wisconsin, area.


Case study | September 25, 2017
America’s 50th State Opens Its Sporting Doors to the World   

By: Michael Popke

Once renowned for hosting the Pro Bowl (the National Football League’s annual all-star game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu for more than 30 years)...more >>


Article | February 21, 2018
Minnesota Ice Fishing Tourism on Solid Ground, Despite Tournament Cheating Allegations   

By: Michael Popke

Many ice fishing tournaments have been big winners this year, thanks to cold weather. But unfortunately, controversy has cropped up, resulting in...more >>


Article | February 21, 2018
No Rest for Atlanta; City Already Preparing for Super Bowl LIII   

By: Michael Popke

Hours after the conclusion of what will go down in history as one of the most memorable Super Bowls ever, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed off a...more >>


Article | February 21, 2018
U.S. Soccer Has Elected a New President - Now What?   

By: Michael Popke

Out of an eight-candidate field, U.S. Soccer has elected a new president: Carlos Cordeiro, who ran on a platform of making American soccer more...more >>


Article | February 7, 2018
New Era Set to Begin for U.S. Soccer on the Eve of Its Presidential Election   

By: Michael Popke

In just a few days, U.S. Soccer will elect a new president. That person, who will take the reins from Sunil Gulati, will have an impact on the course...more >>


Article | February 7, 2018
By the Numbers: The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang   

By: Michael Popke

In two days, the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, will begin, bringing not just outstanding athletic performances but all the drama...more >>


Article | February 7, 2018
NCAA Opens Membership to Mexican Institutions   

By: Michael Popke

Citing a need for fostering diversive learning and inclusivity, NCAA voted to allow colleges in Mexico to apply for inclusion in Division II.


Article | February 7, 2018
High School Girls’ Wrestling Gaining Strength   

By: Michael Popke

When high school girls’ wrestling made its debut, some thought it wouldn’t fly. Those doubters have been proven wrong and with this year’s...more >>


Article | February 7, 2018
Squash in NYC's Grand Central Station: As Busy as You'd Expect   

By: Michael Popke

‘As busy as Grand Central Station’ is a common catchphrase. In reality, the transit stop hosts one of the most respected racquet sports events of...more >>


Article | February 7, 2018
By the Numbers: Winter X Games   

By: Michael Popke

The 22nd edition of ESPN’s annual winter action sports competition, X Games Aspen 2018, just wrapped at the end of last month, with athletes...more >>


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