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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 | April 19, 2017
Korean Officials Encourage Mixing Business and Pleasure at 2018 Winter Olympics   

By: Michael Popke

After the morass of bad luck that was the run-up to the Rio Olympics, it’s no surprise that the Korean Tourism Organization is looking to put a...more >>


Article | April 19, 2017
National Park Week Celebrates 101st Year   

By: Michael Popke

Here we are in the middle of National Park Week and celebrating more than 100 years of protecting and preserving the nation’s parks and monuments....more >>


Article | April 19, 2017
Sports Franchises, Destinations Seek to Attract LGBT Fans and Athletes   

By: Michael Popke

When Washington, D.C., is named a finalist for hosting the 2022 Gay Games… when the National Soccer Coaches Association of America lunches an...more >>


Article | April 19, 2017
The National Hockey League to Miss the First Winter Olympic Games in 20 Years   

By: Michael Popke

The NHL just put the Winter Olympics on ice. The announcement ended a long debate about whether the league would allow its players to skate for their...more >>


Article | April 19, 2017
Survey: Travel, Including Sports Travel, on Four in 10 Boomers’ Bucket Lists   

By: Michael Popke

Here are some cool numbers that can help you as a sports event planner: Four in 10. That’s how many baby boomers keep a travel-related bucket list....more >>


Article | April 19, 2017
Professional Leagues Apparently Might Take a Gamble on Sports Betting   

By: Michael Popke

Now that the Oakland Raiders officially have announced they’re moving to Las Vegas, the NFL and the other major professional sports leagues may be...more >>


Article | April 19, 2017
A Sure Bet: The Economic Impact of Oakland Raiders’ Move to Vegas   

By: Michael Popke

Vegas appears to have hit the jackpot, economic impact-wise. Nevada gets eight NFL games per year, potential Super Bowls, Pro Bowls and NFL Drafts...more >>


Article | April 19, 2017
Arkansas and Tennessee Grapple with Concept of Guns in Sports Facilities   

By: Michael Popke

Here’s an issue with guaranteed controversy potential. Off-duty police officers and sheriff’s deputies in Tennessee would be allowed to carry...more >>


Article | April 5, 2017
North Carolina Repeals HB2 - NCAA Grudgingly Allows State to Bid   

By: Michael Popke

The decision by North Carolina lawmakers to repeal House Bill 2, the state’s infamous so-called “bathroom bill,”comes just weeks before the...more >>


Article | April 5, 2017
March Madness: Broken Brackets and Broken Bank Accounts   

By: Michael Popke

Your bracket is busted and you’re out a few dollars in the betting pool. Just be glad you’re not the families of some of those athletes, who...more >>


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