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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 | October 16, 2019
High School Association to Parents: Keep Kids Out of Travel Teams   

By: Michael Popke

The National Federation of State High School Associations recently spoke out against club sports and travel teams, citing higher costs and also...more >>


Article | October 16, 2019
Gruesome Injury Leads Community to Examine Cause/Effect in Youth Sports   

By: Michael Popke

While we all hope those freakish and gruesomely newsworthy injuries won’t happen at our games, they occasionally do. A three-sport athlete in...more >>


Article | October 16, 2019
National, World Titles on the Line in Wife Carrying and Outhouse Racing   

By: Michael Popke

You thought Wiffle ball championships were novel? That’s pretty tame when you realize there are titles on the line for wife carrying and outhouse...more >>


Article | October 16, 2019
High School Sports Fans Behaving Badly – and They’re Not All Students   

By: Michael Popke

Fan behavior at high school games has reached a flash point and students aren’t the only ones at fault. In fact, parent misbehavior is being cited...more >>


Article | October 2, 2019
Can Concussions Really Lead to Erectile Dysfunction?   

By: Michael Popke

Former professional football players who experienced concussion symptoms are more likely to report low testosterone and erectile dysfunction,...more >>


Article | October 2, 2019
Winter Athletes Agree: Global Warning is Wrecking the Mountain   

By: Michael Popke

Global warming is one of the biggest political hot potatoes but for athletes whose sports rely on snow and ice, it’s something that needs to be...more >>


Article | October 2, 2019
Rich Team, Poor Team? States Might Level the Economic Playing Field   

By: Michael Popke

We’ve all heard the complaints: kids enrolled in sports teams at schools in lower-income areas don’t have access to the same coaching, staffing...more >>


Article | October 2, 2019
Parks, Stadiums Banning E-Cigarettes as Vaping-Related Death Toll Grows   

By: Michael Popke

More people are becoming aware of the dangers posed by vaping, and with deaths mounting, the e-cigarettes are being outlawed in public areas,...more >>


Article | October 2, 2019
Neurologist: Home-Game Hotel Stays Detrimental to College Football Players   

By: Michael Popke

Here’s something the hotel industry might not want to hear. While the majority of public colleges routinely book their own teams into local hotels...more >>


Article | October 2, 2019
Surfing Riding the Olympic Wave   

By: Michael Popke

Surfing makes its debut at the 2020 Olympic Games and, being an iconic American sport, it is expected to be featured in summer 2028 when the Olympics...more >>


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