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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 | June 19, 2020
National Parks Spending Big Bucks to Keep Visitors Safe This Summer   

By: Michael Popke

National Parks may be outdoor spaces but they’re still going to great lengths to keep visitors safe this summer. In fact, the NPS reportedly spent...more >>


Article | June 7, 2020
Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Creates COVID-19 Recovery Task Force    

By: Michael Popke

As it is in the U.S., sports tourism is a major player in Canada’s economy and a sector that has been significantly damaged by the pandemic – so...more >>


Article | June 7, 2020
CDC Issues COVID-19 Guidelines for Aquatic Facilities   

By: Michael Popke

Can COVID-19 be passed between swimming and diving athletes? It appears the CDC thinks so, at least on some level. As a result, the organization has...more >>


Article | June 6, 2020
Youth Sports, High Schools Discontinue Postgame Handshakes   

By: Michael Popke

Dr. Anthony Fauci, considered the leading infectious diseases expert in the United States, recently proclaimed “I don’t think we should ever...more >>


Article | June 5, 2020
Will Sports Be the Same Without Fans in the Stands?   

By: Michael Popke

Will having sports on TV with no spectators make a difference in how fans experience the games? Ideas for helping things look more normal include...more >>


Article | June 2, 2020
Study Shows Increase in Concussions Among High School Athletes   

By: Michael Popke

Just when you thought it was safe to head the ball again… a new study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Virtual Education...more >>


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 >>


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