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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 | July 12, 2017
London's Home Run Derby: Could It Be the Beginning of Baseball in Britain?   

By: Michael Popke

The Fourth of July is just a day in London, but this year, baseball came there on America’s Independence Day. Hyde Park welcomed several thousand...more >>


Article | July 12, 2017
High School Weightlifting About to Get Big Boost   

By: Michael Popke

It takes training and discipline and has great physical benefits. Parents love that it’s a concussion-free sport. Weightlifting is about to get a...more >>


Article | July 12, 2017
Bear Danger: Race Organizers Focus on Safety after Attack on Trail   

By: Michael Popke

Organizers of backcountry and outdoor events are being extra-cautious following the killing of an Alaskan teen runner by a black bear. Here's what...more >>


Article | July 12, 2017
60-Minute International Soccer Games? It Could Happen   

By: Michael Popke

Trimming 30 minutes off the length of international soccer games and stopping the clock during timeouts would be a “radical change” to a sport...more >>


Article | July 12, 2017
Wanna Bet That Sports Gambling Becomes Legal in More States?   

By: Michael Popke

From March Madness brackets to Super Bowl pools, betting on sports events is a tradition. It’s just not legal – at least not in 46 states....more >>


Article | July 12, 2017
University of Utah Becomes First Power 5 School with a Varsity eSports Team   

By: Michael Popke

Throughout the history of collegiate sports, there has been debate over which should be eligible for scholarship funds. The latest is eSports, with...more >>


Article | June 28, 2017
3-on-3 Basketball Named Official Olympic Sport   

By: Michael Popke

In addition to hosting five new sports, Tokyo 2020 is gaining a reputation for variations on existing sports. Among those are new divisions and...more >>


Article | June 28, 2017
Tug-of-War over 2024 Olympics Appears to be Pulling in Paris’ Favor   

By: Michael Popke

Two cities, two continents, one agenda. The awarding of the 2024 Olympic Games is getting closer each day, and with it comes the previously...more >>


Article | June 14, 2017
College Teams Facing Charter Plane Shortage   

By: Michael Popke

A shortage in, of all things, charter planes, is affecting student athlete team travel. Consider the number of flights that have to be available on...more >>


Article | June 14, 2017
Professor: Studying Sports as Academic Subject ‘Makes Sense’   

By: Michael Popke

A lot of ink has been spread on the fact that sport management courses are proliferating at the college level. But sports are also infiltrating...more >>


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