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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 | August 24, 2016
New Georgia State Research Center to Study Connection Between Cities and Sports   

By: Michael Popke

Every sports tourism professional thinks the connections between his or her city and its sports teams are powerful ones. Now, the new Sport and Urban...more >>


Article | August 24, 2016
Rio Olympics Fail to Medal in Social Media   

By: Michael Popke

The IOC already was off to bad start after issuing four pages of restrictive social media, blogging and online guidelines to athletes and commercial...more >>


Article | August 24, 2016
Sports and Tourism in the Zika Era   

By: Michael Popke

In what is becoming an all-too-familiar dance step, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued another travel advisory for a...more >>


Article | August 10, 2016
Apps in Parks: Good Idea or Bad Idea?   

By: Michael Popke

The rise of smartphone apps has helped increase the visitor experience in national parks. But what happens when some apps start driving too much...more >>


Article | August 10, 2016
Skateboarding World in Disarray Despite New Olympic-Sport Status   

By: Michael Popke

Skateboarding, it seems, just can’t play nice. Despite being named a new Olympic medal sport for 2020, the sport is plagued by infighting and...more >>


Article | August 10, 2016
Four Years After 2012 Olympics, London's Economy Sees Huge ROI   

By: Michael Popke

Nobody knows the economic impact of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. But a recent report published by promotion company London & Partners International...more >>


Article | August 10, 2016
NFL: International Edition Starring London, Mexico — and China?   

By: Michael Popke

The 2016 NFL season will mark the 10th in which at least one regular-season game has been held outside of the U.S. Four games will be played overseas...more >>


Article | August 10, 2016
Might Mountain Biking Soon Be Allowed On Federally Protected Land?   

By: Michael Popke

There’s an effort to reverse a nationwide ban on mountain biking in federally protected spaces, such parks and wilderness areas. Sponsored by two...more >>


Article | July 27, 2016
Golf 2.0: More Millennials Teeing Off as Industry Adapts   

By: Michael Popke

Golf took a hit when some of the world’s top male golfers pulled out of next month’s Olympic Games because of concerns about the Zika virus. But...more >>


Article | July 27, 2016
Is that a Pikachu in Left Field? Sports Venues & Facility Owners Ride the Pokémon Go Wave   

By: Michael Popke

Even if you don’t understand the Pokémon Go craze, at least one thing has become very clear: It's not just invading malls, neighborhoods and more;...more >>


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