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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 4, 2019
Blue-Green Algae Levels Could Affect Open Water Events   

By: Michael Popke

Unless you’ve been hiding from every news source imaginable, it’s been hard to miss the concern about the blue-green algae blooms that are...more >>


Article | September 3, 2019
Playing the Field: Softball's Diamond Destinations   

By: Michael Popke

Returning to the Olympics next year, softball continues its run of popularity. From youth-level rec leagues all the way up to competitive high school...more >>


Case study | September 2, 2019
Hawai‘i Convention Center Offers Pacific Paradise for Sports   

By: Michael Popke

When the Hawai’i Convention Center’s management decided to help sports event owners find their way to the island, they knew they had to offer...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Can One Season of College Football Cause Brain Damage – Even Without the Concussion?   

By: Michael Popke

A new study shows that playing just one season of college football can cause brain damage — even if players don’t suffer a concussion. This and...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Even One Year Out, 'Field of Dreams' Game is Big Business   

By: Michael Popke

It’s still a year away but the first-ever Major League game to be played at the iconic “field of dreams” in Iowa corn country is already an...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Unsafe Bleachers Creating Problems for Event Owners   

By: Michael Popke

As high schools around the country prepare to kick off a new football season, some school districts are facing challenges posed by unsafe bleachers...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Little League World Series by the Numbers   

By: Michael Popke

The Little League World Series, on now in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has some impressive numbers. Eight international teams. An 85-pitch limit for...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Despite Travel Ban to Anti-LGBTQ States, Teams are Still Going There   

By: Michael Popke

A California law banning taxpayer-financed travel to 10 states that discriminate against LGBTQ people hasn’t stopped college sports teams from...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Will Most Kids Really Stop Playing Sports by Age 11?   

By: Michael Popke

A new survey shows most kids stop playing sports by age 11 – because it just isn’t fun any longer. But that doesn’t stop parents from spending...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Sports Participation Increasing Among Individuals with Disabilities   

By: Michael Popke

A new study shows what disability advocates have been hoping for all along – that more than half of individuals with physical or developmental...more >>


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