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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 | November 5, 2021
Youth Sports Are Back. Officials Are Not.   

By: Michael Popke

Sports are back. Officials aren’t. And while the shortage of referees, judges and officiants isn’t exactly new, it has reached crisis proportions...more >>


Article | November 4, 2021
A New Sport Nobody Wants: Illegal Street Racing   

By: Michael Popke

Life imitating art? The Fast & Furious 9, released early last summer and the first Hollywood movie to gross more than $700 million since March of...more >>


Article | November 4, 2021
Super Bowl LVI Could Give L.A. Up to $477 Million Economic Boost   

By: Michael Popke

In Los Angeles, the good news just keeps coming. In addition to having the Olympics in 2028 to look forward to, Super Bowl Sunday in 2022 will give...more >>


Article | November 1, 2021
Welcome to the Heartland   

By: Michael Popke

The Midwestern Way, a concept that incorporates safe, welcoming cities, excellent service, top-notch facilities, abundant accommodations and...more >>


Article | November 1, 2021
Courts Are Back In Session   

By: Michael Popke

Played on three surfaces, played at all levels and played around the world, volleyball has been bringing business back to cities in the USA all year....more >>


Article | October 21, 2021
Fueled by Girls’ Interest, Skateboarding Market (and Events) Poised for Growth   

By: Michael Popke

Once stigmatized as a fringe activity for kids who skipped school, skateboarding’s momentum started building in 2020 and its Olympic debut saw the...more >>


Article | October 9, 2021
The World Cup as a Biennial Event Is FIFA’s Goal…But Not Everyone’s   

By: Michael Popke

There’s no doubt the World Cup is a cash cow for the host; however, some organizations, including UEFA, are questioning whether tentative plans to...more >>


Article | October 8, 2021
Cycling Enjoys Unprecedented Participation, With New Disciplines Planned   

By: Michael Popke

SDM recently reported that golf participation is strong. The next bit of good news is that cycling is enjoying record growth too. USA Cycling had a...more >>


Article | September 25, 2021
Golf’s Soaring Popularity Blowing Up Demands for Tee Times, Equipment   

By: Michael Popke

This calls for WAY more than a golf clap. The sport’s popularity is soaring. About 3 million people played for the first time last year. 6 million...more >>


Article | September 24, 2021
Women’s Triathlon is ThisClose to NCAA Championship Status   

By: Michael Popke

The varsity women’s collegiate triathlon series began in early September with high hopes that 2021 might finally be the year that triathlon becomes...more >>


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