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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.


Article | September 20, 2017
Hurricane Irma's Impact Felt on Sports at All Levels   

By: Michael Popke

For the second time in as many weeks, professional, college and high school sports were forced to make major adjustments in the wake of Mother...more >>


Article | September 20, 2017
Don’t Expect Another Olympic ‘Miracle’ on Ice   

By: Michael Popke

As the 2018 Olympics move closer, it seems the relationship between the NHL and the IOC is more distant than ever, meaning the USOC may well have to...more >>


Article | September 20, 2017
Soccer Official: Only ‘Crazy Action’ By Trump Could Thwart U.S. World Cup Bid   

By: Michael Popke

How secure do the organizers of the Canada/Mexico/USA World Cup bid feel? Confident enough to go out on a limb and say that only a “crazy action”...more >>


Article | September 20, 2017
Report from Philadelphia: NFL Draft Bring $94.9M Economic Impact   

By: Michael Popke

A quarter-million people. Nearly a billion-dollar impact. Football always had great numbers but the impact on Philly during the 2017 NFL draft were...more >>


Article | September 20, 2017
NFL Hall of Fame CEO: We Want to Be Like Disney World   

By: Michael Popke

Disney might be the Happiest Place on Earth but the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, wants to be the Most Inspiring Place on Earth. Learn...more >>


Article | September 20, 2017
By the Numbers: Football is Back and Ready to Rumble   

By: Michael Popke

Ready for some football? How about some football numbers? You might, for example, know the Packers won the most titles in NFL history, but do you...more >>


Article | September 6, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Halts Sports but Spurs Athletes into Action   

By: Michael Popke

Hurricane Harvey's impact on the Texas coast is still being measured. The death toll is the worst part, with homes and businesses also having been...more >>


Article | September 6, 2017
Impetigo Outbreaks Impacting Sports Events   

By: Michael Popke

You’ve mandated vaccines. You’ve taken precautions against MRSA. Unfortunately, health threats are still troubling sports events, and one of the...more >>


Article | September 6, 2017
Event Owners Beware: Counterfeit Merchandise, Tournament T-Shirt Scams Growing Exponentially   

By: Michael Popke

Scams aren’t new, but a new variation is affecting sports events. A company began contacting Evanston, Illinois, businesses, offering to sell them...more >>


Article | September 6, 2017
Youth Sports Tourism Boom Generating Mass Media Coverage – Complete with Added Scrutiny   

By: Michael Popke

The awareness of sports tourism continues to grow. From national news to HBO to Time Magazine, media outlets are latching onto the startling numbers...more >>


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