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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 12, 2018
‘Print at Home’ Tickets Creating New Counterfeiting Concerns   

By: Michael Popke

Printing your boarding card for flights? Great idea. Printing your sports ticket? Not so much, according to Ohio State University, which had to...more >>


Article | December 12, 2018
Bringing a Message of Hope, Refugee Olympic Team Will Compete at 2020 Games   

By: Michael Popke

The feel-good story of the 2020 Olympics is again about a team that lacks both a flag to walk behind and a country to represent. They’re the...more >>


Article | December 12, 2018
Spring Training Ballparks Becoming the Four-Season Athletes of the Venue World   

By: Michael Popke

The ballparks best known for hosting MLB play for six weeks before teams head back to their home stadiums are staying busier than ever the rest of...more >>


Article | December 12, 2018
Flag Football Participation is Booming   

By: Michael Popke

Participation numbers may be down in high school football, but that doesn’t mean the sport is on its deathbed. The number of 6- to 12-year-olds...more >>


Article | November 28, 2018
Concussion Round-Up: Latest Developments Event Owners Should Know About CTE Issues   

By: Michael Popke

From a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics to groundbreaking research linking repeated concussions to suicidal behavior later in life,...more >>


Article | November 28, 2018
SafeSport: Will it Actually Protect Young Athletes or is it just Lip Service?   

By: Michael Popke

When Congress passed the the Safe Sport Act, the hope was that it would spur the prompt reporting of incidents to law-enforcement officials. Yet a...more >>


Article | November 28, 2018
Why Are Cities Backing Away from Hosting the Olympics?   

By: Michael Popke

More cities are dropping out of bidding for the Olympics than are staying in the race. Calgary is the latest casualty and is only a symptom of the...more >>


Article | November 28, 2018
Runners Race to Join Virtual Marathon Craze   

By: Michael Popke

The desire to run in the 2019 New York City Marathon motivated 500 runners to participate in their own 26.2-mile “virtual” marathons (no...more >>


Article | November 28, 2018
MLB Expansion Inevitable, But When — and Where?   

By: Michael Popke

It’s no secret that Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred wants to expand the league’s number of cities from 30 to 32 teams. The big...more >>


Article | November 28, 2018
Pinning Down a Growing Trend: Women’s Wrestling Leading to Uptick in Events   

By: Michael Popke

Women’s wrestling is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has become the latest school to...more >>


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