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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
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 >>


Article | June 14, 2017
By the Numbers: The U.S. Open in Wisconsin   

By: Michael Popke

The U.S. Open takes place in Erin Hills, Wisconsin, this week. That’s a first for Wisconsin. And to Wisconsin, that’s the most impressive figure,...more >>


Article | June 14, 2017
Are Live Sporting Events as Special as They Once Were?   

By: Michael Popke

With American fans getting WAY more comfortable staying at home and watching sports any time, on almost any device they want, organizers of live...more >>


Article | June 14, 2017
Weighing Pros, Cons of Travel Agents' Role in Youth Sports   

By: Michael Popke

Travel agent or the Roaming Gnome? Today’s parents and organizers of youth sports have choices to make. And as the travel market, not to mention...more >>


Article | June 14, 2017
Expanded Livestreaming Options Are Changing How People Watch Sports   

By: Michael Popke

The increasing number of live-streamed professional sporting events on major social networks, which can then be viewed on any computer or personal...more >>


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