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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 31, 2017
Will Orlando Be the eSports Capital of the East Coast?   

By: Michael Popke

Orlando, first the home of Disney, has evolved into quite a sports destination. The latest to make the move southward: eSports, as the Call of Duty...more >>


Article | May 31, 2017
IOC Official: L.A. and Paris Both Fit to Host 2024 Summer Olympics   

By: Michael Popke

And now there are two: Paris and Los Angeles, both vying to host the 2024 Summer Games. The IOC’s recent conclusion: it’s not going to be an easy...more >>


Article | May 31, 2017
NGB Makes Commitment to Stand-Up Paddleboarding   

By: Michael Popke

SUP is riding a wave of popularity, and NGBs are sitting up and taking notice. The latest, the International Surfing Association, has partnered with...more >>


Article | May 30, 2017
Taking Their Marks   

By: Michael Popke

One of the oldest and most respected sports, track & field is the showcase of summer Olympics and the trademark of certain cities. Learn how...more >>


Article | May 30, 2017
‘Best Small Town to Visit’ Serves Up Volleyball, Gymnastics, Baseball and More   

By: Michael Popke

Already a popular vacation spot with such major attractions as Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Dollywood, Sevierville, Tennessee, also has...more >>


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 >>


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