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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 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 >>


Article | May 13, 2020
Late Summer/Early Fall Being Targeted as Restart Date   

By: Michael Popke

Is late summer when the industry will hit the restart button? While it’s impossible to say exactly when COVID-19 will cease to be a threat (and...more >>


Article | April 29, 2020
USA Rugby Files for Bankruptcy; Will Other NGBs Follow?   

By: Michael Popke

The first domino to fall? USA Rugby has become the first NGB to file filed for bankruptcy. The organization has, like many, suspended all...more >>


Article | April 28, 2020
Already on the Uptick, Esports Comes into Its Own   

By: Michael Popke

Esports, already on the grow, have exploded since the onset of COVID-19, offering opportunities for competition to homebound gamers. More...more >>


Article | April 27, 2020
Facing COVID-19 Across the Net, Tennis Has a New Game Plan   

By: Michael Popke

Tennis, like all sports, has faced cancellation or suspension of many of its events. But after first advising all players to “take a collective...more >>


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