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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 | February 20, 2019
Nevada Lawmakers Propose Office of Outdoor Recreation   

By: Michael Popke

Protecting public lands and supporting businesses that depend on those lands has become a topic of crucial interest in the industry. As a new...more >>


Article | February 20, 2019
Stephen F. Austin University Debuts First Blockchain Rewards Program   

By: Michael Popke

It really was only a matter of time. Stephen F. Austin University became the first institution of higher learning to jump on the blockchain bandwagon...more >>


Article | February 20, 2019
Nationals Park Bans Backpacks, Citing Increased Security Concerns   

By: Michael Popke

Planning to head to the ballpark this spring? If you’re in D.C., you’ll be expected to leave your backpack at home. Nationals Park has become the...more >>


Article | February 6, 2019
The Concussion Report: A Round-Up of the Latest Headlines   

By: Michael Popke

A change in treatment regimens (kids can go to school after a head injury), new protocols for testing of injured athletes that can yield results...more >>


Article | February 6, 2019
NCAA Adopts Final Four Family Travel Proposal   

By: Michael Popke

A pilot program that began in January 2015 to help cover travel expenses for families of players on teams in the NCAA Division I Men’s and...more >>


Article | February 6, 2019
Report: Charter Planes Used More by Men’s Teams Than Women’s   

By: Michael Popke

The great divide between men’s and women’s teams at the collegiate level is an often-referenced (and much argued) issue. A recent report...more >>


Article | February 6, 2019
eSports Poised for Major Expansion in 2019   

By: Michael Popke

How big will eSports become in 2019? REALLY big, according to a recent report. According to that data, the North American market for eSports will...more >>


Article | January 23, 2019
Super Bowl LIII by the Numbers   

By: Michael Popke

The conclusion of football playoff season resulting in a Rams/Patriots Super Bowl in Atlanta now gives way to two weeks of hype, hope and...more >>


Article | January 23, 2019
How a Warm-Weather City Landed the (Outdoor) NHL Winter Classic   

By: Michael Popke

In 2020, the NHL Winter Classic, a New Year’s Day tradition involving an outdoor game, lands in Dallas, in the Cotton Bowl Stadium. And even though...more >>


Article | January 23, 2019
Washington State Lawmaker: Let’s Give College Athletes Money   

By: Michael Popke

College football has wound down, March Madness is gearing up and NCAA women’s beach volleyball is on the horizon – all of them bringing the...more >>


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