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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.


Case study | September 25, 2017
America’s 50th State Opens Its Sporting Doors to the World   

By: Michael Popke

Once renowned for hosting the Pro Bowl (the National Football League’s annual all-star game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu for more than 30 years)...more >>


Article | October 17, 2018
Nearly Half of All States Introducing New Spin on Youth Football   

By: Michael Popke

As fears regarding the safety of tackle football continue to mount, it’s no wonder some enterprising individuals have been brainstorming ways they...more >>


Article | October 17, 2018
Rash of Embezzlements Driving Push for Transparency in Youth Sports   

By: Michael Popke

After a Little League administrator embezzled funds, a New Jersey lawmaker has initiated legislation designed to bring more transparency to youth...more >>


Article | October 17, 2018
Alaska High School Football Team Travels 1,650 for One Game   

By: Michael Popke

There are home games, there are away games and then there are Alaska’s away games. A high school football team in the 49th state flew 24 hours and...more >>


Article | October 17, 2018
Catastrophic Injuries from Golf Balls Raising Concern Among Event Owners   

By: Michael Popke

One of the hazards of golf tournaments has nothing to do with water or sand. Instead, it has to do with errant balls that strike spectators and even...more >>


Article | October 17, 2018
Massive Fastpitch Softball Complex Coming Together in Connecticut   

By: Michael Popke

Softball season may be over for right now, but crews are hard at work creating a 21-acre fastpitch venue that is being billed as the largest of its...more >>


Article | October 17, 2018
Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires Bringing Glimpses of the Future of Sports   

By: Michael Popke

The Youth Olympic Games are on in Buenos Aires and the stars you’ll likely see on the podium in Tokyo are out in full force. Event directors who...more >>


Article | October 3, 2018
In the American Rockies, the ‘Disneyland of Youth Sports’ Undergoes a Seismic Shift   

By: Michael Popke

It’s not exactly the upheaval to equal what an earthquake or volcano would cause but for a privately funded sports park being built in Colorado,...more >>


Article | October 3, 2018
The Groundswell of Growth in Flag Football   

By: Michael Popke

As difficult as it is to believe, playing tackle football before high school was uncommon until at least the 1950s. Now, a half-century later, the...more >>


Article | October 3, 2018
University of Akron to Cut 80 Degree Programs, Shift Focus to eSports   

By: Michael Popke

You read that headline correctly. The University of Akron is phasing out 80 degree programs to make way for dedicated eSports majors and facilities....more >>


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