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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 | December 18, 2020
College Bowls at Low Ebb in Wake of COVID – What Can Be Done?   

By: Michael Popke

The Hollywood title might be “The Incredible Shrinking College Bowl Season.” Only it might not be as much incredible as it is alarming. A total...more >>


Article | December 16, 2020
Will Paris Olympics’ New Sport Help Games Break Away from Aging Audience?   

By: Michael Popke

Break dancing in Paris? Oui. The new Olympic sport will make its debut at the 2024 Summer Games, where, the IOC hopes, it will bring in youth...more >>


Article | December 5, 2020
Former Hockey Player Introduces Bill to Ban Fighting in Youth Sports   

By: Michael Popke

While fighting in youth sports has never been encouraged, it has never been completely eradicated either. One politician wants to change that. The...more >>


Article | November 8, 2020
London Marathon Organizers Pull Off the First Major In-Person Race   

By: Michael Popke

In a season of no, it’s great to see a big event go – even when that big event, a major marathon, has to be run in the rain. The bright spot on...more >>


Article | November 8, 2020
“Olympic City USA” Has Another Attraction: A Museum Dedicated to the Games   

By: Michael Popke

The newest attraction in sports tourism isn’t actually a sports event. It’s a place: the new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado...more >>


Article | November 7, 2020
Inaugural College Combine Proves Esports is a Force to be Reckoned With   

By: Michael Popke

As one of the biggest indications yet that higher education is now taking esports seriously, representatives of more than 65 colleges and...more >>


Article | November 6, 2020
Trending, Money-Making and Suddenly Hip, Minigolf is Going Upscale   

By: Michael Popke

Putt-putt – excuse us, minigolf – is is going upscale. Not only has it become a go-to family activity during quarantine, but the game’s...more >>


Article | November 2, 2020
The Big Dig: Volleyball Continues its Spike   

By: Michael Popke

On hardwood, in the sand and on the grass, volleyball has continued its upward curve, resonating particularly with female players. The sport showed...more >>


Article | October 22, 2020
At All Levels, Hockey Working to Put Virus on Ice   

By: Michael Popke

Ice hockey, where participants are gloved, helmeted and uniformed (including padding) isn’t necessarily what you’d think of as being at risk for...more >>


Article | October 12, 2020
Virtual Swim Meets Allowing Venue Use as Competitions Move Forward   

By: Michael Popke

As part of its drive to keep athletes active and safe, USA Swimming announced a virtual competition format, allowing swimmers to compete with those...more >>


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