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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 21, 2020
Fields of Hope   

By: Michael Popke

Baseball had an uncharacteristically, unprecedented silent spring, thanks (or no thanks) to COVID-19. But hope springs eternal. When the players...more >>


Article | May 20, 2020
Survey: Many Youth Sports Programs in Danger of Folding   

By: Michael Popke

While everyone is asking when youth sports will restart, a better question might be whether many programs will. One in four youth sports households...more >>


Article | May 19, 2020
The Sports and Fitness Industry Was Growing. Then Came COVID-19   

By: Michael Popke

If it hadn’t been for that virus, it would have been a great year for sports. That might sound like sour grapes but in this case, it’s true....more >>


Article | May 19, 2020
IOC: No ‘Plan B’ for Delaying Summer Olympics Beyond 2021   

By: Michael Popke

Now that the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed until 2021 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials say they have no backup...more >>


Article | May 19, 2020
AAU Walks Back Promise to Host June Youth Volleyball Tournament   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher,Michael Popke

Did the AAU jump the gun in announcing its junior volleyball championship would go on as scheduled? It appears someone thought so. While one...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
Will High School Football Kick Off? Maybe Not   

By: Michael Popke

High school and youth football might be delayed, but not for the reason you think. Helmet inspections, mandated nationwide in order for teams to...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
Can Theme Parks Help Predict the Youth Sports Rebound?   

By: Michael Popke

The international association for the attractions industry just unveiled its online member resource center for dealing with COVID-19. At the same...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
Major Efforts to Bring Back Youth Sports: Are You Involved?   

By: Michael Popke

Multiple efforts are underway across the U.S. to support and bring youth sports back to active play. And those efforts are only as strong as...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
For Players, FIFA's COVID-19 Coping Strategy Includes... Esports   

By: Michael Popke

With the competitive season on hold for the foreseeable future, FIFA has outlined its strategies for coping with COVID-19. In particular, says...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
Literally a Ton of Food Intended for Summer Olympics Donated to Food Bank   

By: Michael Popke

When life hands you lemons… well, maybe not exactly lemons but close. With the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed to 2021, the...more >>


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