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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 21, 2019
Can One Season of College Football Cause Brain Damage – Even Without the Concussion?   

By: Michael Popke

A new study shows that playing just one season of college football can cause brain damage — even if players don’t suffer a concussion. This and...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Even One Year Out, 'Field of Dreams' Game is Big Business   

By: Michael Popke

It’s still a year away but the first-ever Major League game to be played at the iconic “field of dreams” in Iowa corn country is already an...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Unsafe Bleachers Creating Problems for Event Owners   

By: Michael Popke

As high schools around the country prepare to kick off a new football season, some school districts are facing challenges posed by unsafe bleachers...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Little League World Series by the Numbers   

By: Michael Popke

The Little League World Series, on now in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has some impressive numbers. Eight international teams. An 85-pitch limit for...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Despite Travel Ban to Anti-LGBTQ States, Teams are Still Going There   

By: Michael Popke

A California law banning taxpayer-financed travel to 10 states that discriminate against LGBTQ people hasn’t stopped college sports teams from...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Will Most Kids Really Stop Playing Sports by Age 11?   

By: Michael Popke

A new survey shows most kids stop playing sports by age 11 – because it just isn’t fun any longer. But that doesn’t stop parents from spending...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Sports Participation Increasing Among Individuals with Disabilities   

By: Michael Popke

A new study shows what disability advocates have been hoping for all along – that more than half of individuals with physical or developmental...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Social Media, Geotagging Spark Attendance Surges at National Parks   

By: Michael Popke

One of the most traditional of recreation destinations — national parks — is receiving a boost from social media and geotagging. To handle the...more >>


Article | August 21, 2019
Does the Early Bird Kickoff Get the Ratings? PAC-12 Hopes So   

By: Michael Popke

In an effort to maximize television exposure to East Coast college football fans — as well as alleviate a slate of games starting as late as 7:30...more >>


Article | August 7, 2019
The Concussion Report: A Roundup of the Latest Headlines   

By: Michael Popke

Following several head-to-head collisions in the Women’s World Cup, the issue of concussions hit the spotlight again. Other developments in the TBI...more >>


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