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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 | August 27, 2021
Triple Play: Horse Racing’s Triple Crown Venues All Bracing for Renovation   

By: Michael Popke

The signature drinks. The hats. The horses. The apparently overwhelming need for renovation. For likely the first time in history, all three venues...more >>


Article | August 24, 2021
Youth Sports Breaking Records as Kids Charge Back Onto Playing Fields   

By: Michael Popke

Here’s some welcome news: Registration numbers for fall youth sports programs are breaking all records. It’s a combination of pent-up demand and...more >>


Article | August 12, 2021
North Carolina High School Athletics Association Under Fire from State   

By: Michael Popke

Anytime a governing body undergoes public scrutiny, there’s the potential for disruption to the sporting events it sanctions. While it’s too...more >>


Article | August 12, 2021
By the Numbers: Paralympic Games   

By: Michael Popke

If you watched the closing ceremonies of the Games in Tokyo, you saw the promo for the Paralympic Games, starting next week. That promo, done by...more >>


Article | July 31, 2021
Police Athletic Leagues Funding Could Mean More Community Sports Events   

By: Michael Popke

Here’s a great way to build use of fields, particularly at the municipal level: make outreach to local police athletic leagues. The presence of...more >>


Article | July 15, 2021
Will the National Anthem Be Required at Youth Sports Events?   

By: Michael Popke

With the Summer Olympics beginning in a few days (and a strong Team USA competing in Tokyo) we’re bound to hear “The Star Spangled Banner”...more >>


Article | July 15, 2021
Capitol District Pole Vault Returns to Omaha   

By: Michael Popke

We’ve seen people flock into city centers to watch marathons and cycle races – but Omaha, Nebraska has something unique: the annual Capitol...more >>


Article | July 15, 2021
By the Numbers: Summer Olympics   

By: Michael Popke

It’s an Olympics for a new age. Spectators might not be present but TV and streaming certainly will, meaning the Games, set to begin on Friday,...more >>


Article | July 1, 2021
How Will Vaccines for Teens Impact Youth Sports?   

By: Michael Popke

Recently, the CDC recommended that everyone 12 years and older receive the COVID-19 vaccine after the FDA expanded emergency authorization of the...more >>


Article | July 1, 2021
Premier Lacrosse League Continues Expansion   

By: Michael Popke

When Major League Lacrosse and the Premier Lacrosse League announced in late 2020 that they would be merging to operate under the “Premier Lacrosse...more >>


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