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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 6, 2017
Balls in Malls: Developer Promotes New Indoor Facility with Single Basketball Court   

By: Michael Popke

Malls have been host to carousels, amusement parks and karaoke concerts, all with the singular goal of enticing patronage. The latest entry into the...more >>


Article | September 6, 2017
O.J. Simpson Pop-Up Museum Raises Eyebrows in Los Angeles’ Chinatown   

By: Michael Popke

How weird have sports-related tourist attractions gotten? How about a pop-up museum dedicated to a disgraced football icon? The O.J. Simpson Pop-Up...more >>


Article | August 23, 2017
By the Numbers: Breaking Down The World Games   

By: Michael Popke

The World Games, held the year after each summer Olympics, just wrapped up in Poland. The big news is they’ll be in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2021....more >>


Article | August 23, 2017
LGBT Powerlifting Seeks to Increase Global Presence   

By: Michael Popke

The inaugural LGBT International Powerlifting Championships might have been held in London, but they are a sign of the increasing presence of LBGT...more >>


Article | August 23, 2017
The Evidence Grows: Rio Olympics Only Gave Host City a Quick Fix   

By: Michael Popke

Has it really been a year since Rio hosted the Summer Olympic Games? For some of us, that may seem like a long time ago. But for many local...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
U.S., Canada and Mexico Kick Off Campaign to Secure 2026 World Cup   

By: Michael Popke

Maybe in all the back-and-forth over the 2024 (and 2028) Olympics, you forgot about this one: the 2026 World Cup. But the U.S., Canada and Mexico's...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
NCAA Tells Officials to Shorten All In-Game Delays   

By: Michael Popke

Keep it short. That’s the message NCAA is giving its officials when it comes to games. That means we can expect to see 20-minute football halftimes...more >>


Article | August 7, 2017
WalletHub Ranks the 100 Best Cities for Recreation   

By: Michael Popke

If participants in your events like to turn tournaments into stay-cations and take advantage of the host city’s recreational opportunities, a new...more >>


Article | July 26, 2017
New Study Redefines Home-Field Advantage   

By: Michael Popke

The fans in the stands, the same people who buy tickets, eat hot dogs and scream their lungs out, have become the focal point of a scientific study....more >>


Article | July 26, 2017
Surge in High School Shooting Sports Sparks Gun Education Bill   

By: Michael Popke

Legislators in Wisconsin introduced a bill that would allow high schools to teach gun safety to students because of the increasing interest in...more >>


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