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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 | November 14, 2018
Youth Sports Struggles with Declining Participation, Increasing Costs, Bad Coaches   

By: Michael Popke

What’s wrong with youth sports? Plenty, if you believe a recent report released by a Washington, DC, think tank. But there’s some good news as...more >>


Case study | November 13, 2018
Bolstering Success in a Burgeoning Destination   

By: Michael Popke

To say that Speedway Village — a massive privately-owned indoor and outdoor sports complex that added more components in early 2018 — has...more >>


Case study | November 9, 2018
Sports Teams are Discovering Prince George County   

By: Michael Popke

Prince George County, Virginia, may be steeped in American and Eastern European history, but it’s also making its own modern-day history by beefing...more >>


Article | October 31, 2018
Is Snow Farming the Future of the Ski Industry?   

By: Michael Popke

Call it climate change. Call it global warming. Call it a below-average snow year. Whatever you call it, it hurts outdoor winter sports events and...more >>


Article | October 31, 2018
Sports Betting and Youth Sports: The Perfect Match?   

By: Michael Popke

As more states legalize sports betting, government officials are faced with the question of where that revenue should go. Such oft-cited options...more >>


Article | October 31, 2018
New Federal Law Protects Medical Professionals Who Travel with Teams   

By: Michael Popke

Something in the Betcha Didn’t Know column: Medical professionals traveling with sports teams are now protected by a federal law that ensures their...more >>


Article | October 31, 2018
Sports Tourism Booming in Canada   

By: Michael Popke

You thought the U.S. had the lock of sports tourism? Better rethink that. Our neighbors to the north have seen an enormous rise in the value of...more >>


Article | October 31, 2018
How High Schools are Adapting in Aftermath of Fights at Games   

By: Michael Popke

A spate of fights breaking out among either players or spectators (yes, including parents) during and after high school and youth games has schools...more >>


Article | October 17, 2018
Nearly Half of All States Introducing New Spin on Youth Football   

By: Michael Popke

As fears regarding the safety of tackle football continue to mount, it’s no wonder some enterprising individuals have been brainstorming ways they...more >>


Article | October 17, 2018
Rash of Embezzlements Driving Push for Transparency in Youth Sports   

By: Michael Popke

After a Little League administrator embezzled funds, a New Jersey lawmaker has initiated legislation designed to bring more transparency to youth...more >>


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