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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 28, 2020
Amateur Baseball Draws Fans to Minor League Stadiums   

By: Michael Popke

Ready for some great news? Baseball is back and in many cases, is allowing players to bring back their glory days on the diamond. But lest you think...more >>


Article | July 20, 2020
Will Schools Swap Fall and Spring Sports?   

By: Michael Popke

As states frantically try to navigate the landscape of back-to-school, athletic departments are facing challenges of their own, namely how and when...more >>


Article | July 20, 2020
Soccer Participation Kicking Up   

By: Michael Popke

Here’s some good news: After several years of moderate decline, soccer is trending up. And here’s a surprise on top of that: despite the higher...more >>


Article | July 20, 2020
International Electric Scooter Championship Expected to Debut in 2021   

By: Michael Popke

This is not your child’s collapsible scooter. It’s not the rentable Bird or Lime scooter either (and unlike those, it’s being piloted by those...more >>


Article | July 19, 2020
On the Road Again: Bikes, Running...and Rollerblades   

By: Michael Popke

We already know that both running for fitness and recreational cycle tourism are trending up since COVID-19 but here’s something you may not be...more >>


Article | July 19, 2020
Roller Derby’s Comeback Plan Viewed as Prototype   

By: Michael Popke

Whereas social media teems with virologist wannabes ready to spout COVID theories, one organization actually has its own (real) in-house experts –...more >>


Article | July 16, 2020
Game On for Youth Sports as Summer Tournaments Begin   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher,Michael Popke

The youth sports scene doesn’t just have signs of life, it has some great case studies of success. You just need to know where to look. Across...more >>


Article | July 4, 2020
Youth Baseball Organization Breaks into Locked Fields to Host Games   

By: Michael Popke

We’ve heard about kids defying “no trespassing” orders to play on fields and fish in steams but this is a new one. Baseball games (complete...more >>


Article | July 3, 2020
As Climate Changes, Number of Winter Olympic Cities Expected to Dwindle   

By: Michael Popke

One more thing for the IOC to worry about: the undeniable shift in weather. According to a new report, more than half of the 19 cities that have...more >>


Article | July 2, 2020
IOC Officials Weigh Allowing Athletes to Protest Racial Injustice at 2021 Games   

By: Michael Popke

Taking a knee. Raising a fist. Wearing a badge. The IOC is having to reconsider its position on athletes engaging in peaceful forms of protest....more >>


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