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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 | September 23, 2020
Fake Crowd Sounds, Unauthorized Drones Make Noise in Empty Stadiums   

By: Michael Popke

A lack of spectators being present at live sports events has led event owners and broadcasters to get creative. Piped-in crowd noise (the silence in...more >>


Article | September 13, 2020
Socially Distanced and Outdoors, Pickleball and Tennis are Winning the Numbers Game   

By: Michael Popke

With only a little bad press (Novak Djokovic’s early exit from the US Open after hitting a line judge with a ball doesn’t actually count) and...more >>


Article | September 12, 2020
Gains Made by High School Football, Volleyball Could Lead the Comeback of Youth Sports   

By: Michael Popke

While this is typically when the National Federation of State High School Associations releases its annual sports participation survey, listing all...more >>


Article | September 11, 2020
Referee Shortages Loom as Sports Resume   

By: Michael Popke

One thing that hasn’t changed over the last six months is a shortage of referees. If anything, it’s worse. Here are the strategies event owners...more >>


Article | September 11, 2020
From Coasters to Tournaments, Smart Strategies Bringing Back Business   

By: Michael Popke

What do rollercoasters, theme parks and the sports tourism industry all have in common? They’re both working on creating the smartest strategies to...more >>


Article | September 1, 2020
Diving Back In   

By: Michael Popke

Destinations are diving back into the sports tourism market, leveraging a primal element: water. Fishing tournaments, wakeboarding championships,...more >>


Article | August 28, 2020
Women Golfers Finally Breaking the Glass Ceiling at Muirfield - Can the USA be Far Behind?   

By: Michael Popke

If you’re searching for silver linings in the massive dark cloud that is 2020, it’s worth noting that this year is the 100th anniversary of the...more >>


Article | August 16, 2020
Florida’s Grapefruit League Hits It Out of the Park   

By: Michael Popke

Need proof that baseball (a) is America’s favorite pastime, (b) is alive and well and (c) that sports tourism is not just surviving but thriving?...more >>


Article | August 15, 2020
Flying High in Participation, Cornhole One of the First Travel Sports to Rebound   

By: Michael Popke

The American Cornhole Association calls it “America’s favorite tailgate party game,” the American Cornhole League has its eyes on the Olympics,...more >>


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 >>


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