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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 | January 23, 2019
CFP National Championship Game Survives Poor Ticket Sales   

By: Michael Popke

Promoters had quite a scare over the College Football Playoff National Championship. An unappealing venue not close to either of the competing teams...more >>


Article | January 23, 2019
U.S. Gymnastics Scandal Gets Unfortunate Honor: AP Sports Story of the Year   

By: Michael Popke

USA Gymnastics has found itself at the top of the heap – and again, not in a good way. The Associated Press named the sex abuse scandal at the NGB...more >>


Article | January 23, 2019
Massachusetts Youth Sports Facility Ready to Open, 20 Years Later   

By: Michael Popke

Better late than never? A long-delayed youth sports venue (two decades in the making, in fact) could open in New England this spring – although it...more >>


Article | January 23, 2019
Native American Casinos Across U.S. Wary of Sports Betting   

By: Michael Popke

One group that didn’t necessarily benefit from the legalization of sports betting: Native American casinos. Regulatory challenges and low profit...more >>


Article | January 9, 2019
New Version of XFL Set to Kick Off in 2020 – but will it be Sidelined Like Previous Start-Up Leagues?   

By: Michael Popke

The inexorable march toward this year’s Super Bowl is consuming the football nation right now but if promoter Vince McMahon gets his way, people...more >>


Article | January 9, 2019
Salt Lake City Suddenly Emerges as Serious Contender to Host 2030 Winter Olympics   

By: Michael Popke

Calgary may have taken itself off the list of cities vying to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, but another North American winter sports destination —...more >>


Article | December 27, 2018
The Great Northeast   

By: Michael Popke

Sports event organizers are increasingly recognizing the Northeast region’s charm, including breathtaking four-season scenery and local residents...more >>


Article | December 27, 2018
Cold As Ice   

By: Michael Popke

In winter sports, change is coming. As significant snowfall seemingly becomes less of a sure thing every year, many alternatives – including some...more >>


Article | December 12, 2018
When Cheaters Enter Marathons, Internet Sleuths Are Right on their Heels   

By: Michael Popke

Officials with China’s Shenzhen Half Marathon punished 258 runners who were caught cheating during the Nov. 25 race. Violators included 18...more >>


Article | December 12, 2018
Desperate Teams Call for Desperate Measures   

By: Michael Popke

Desperate teams call for desperate measures. After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drew the smallest crowd since 2010 to a home game against the 49ers, the...more >>


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