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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 | May 17, 2017
Florida Leads Golf Industry in Courses and Jobs, Lags Behind in Economic Impact   

By: Michael Popke

Florida may be one of the top-tier golf destinations in the country, with more courses (1,100) and industry workers (132,500) than anywhere else, but...more >>


Article | May 17, 2017
Football Bowl Association’s Challenge: Make Bowls Great Again   

By: Michael Popke

With game attendance and TV ratings starting to slide, not to mention players choosing to sit out games so as not to compromise their chances at a...more >>


Article | May 17, 2017
Uber Becoming Major Player in Sports World   

By: Michael Popke

It’s almost a Cinderella story. Uber, all but unknown until recently, is being actively courted in the sports world as the NFL, NHL, MLB and even...more >>


Article | May 3, 2017
The 2017 NFL Draft by the Numbers   

By: Michael Popke

Philadelphia hosted the 2017 NFL Draft. It was the city's third epic party in 18 months, since the City of Brotherly Love also hosted Pope Francis in...more >>


Article | May 3, 2017
How Will Airline Fiascos Impact Sports Travel?   

By: Michael Popke

Travel teams have a lot to think about these days. News involving failed travel bans, a stroller and a crying mother, and of course, the now-infamous...more >>


Article | May 3, 2017
Travel Channel Names 15 Bucket-List Destinations for Football Fans   

By: Michael Popke

Baseball season is in full swing, as is Stanley Cup play, but that hasn’t stopped a new list from circulating, featuring 15 bucket-list...more >>


Article | May 3, 2017
MLS Security in Spotlight Following Fan-Player Altercation   

By: Michael Popke

Tim Howard, goalkeeper for the United States National Team and the Colorado Rapids, is calling for Major League Soccer to review policies regarding...more >>


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 >>


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