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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 | May 13, 2020
For Players, FIFA's COVID-19 Coping Strategy Includes... Esports   

By: Michael Popke

With the competitive season on hold for the foreseeable future, FIFA has outlined its strategies for coping with COVID-19. In particular, says...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
Literally a Ton of Food Intended for Summer Olympics Donated to Food Bank   

By: Michael Popke

When life hands you lemons… well, maybe not exactly lemons but close. With the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed to 2021, the...more >>


Article | May 13, 2020
Late Summer/Early Fall Being Targeted as Restart Date   

By: Michael Popke

Is late summer when the industry will hit the restart button? While it’s impossible to say exactly when COVID-19 will cease to be a threat (and...more >>


Article | April 29, 2020
USA Rugby Files for Bankruptcy; Will Other NGBs Follow?   

By: Michael Popke

The first domino to fall? USA Rugby has become the first NGB to file filed for bankruptcy. The organization has, like many, suspended all...more >>


Article | April 28, 2020
Already on the Uptick, Esports Comes into Its Own   

By: Michael Popke

Esports, already on the grow, have exploded since the onset of COVID-19, offering opportunities for competition to homebound gamers. More...more >>


Article | April 27, 2020
Facing COVID-19 Across the Net, Tennis Has a New Game Plan   

By: Michael Popke

Tennis, like all sports, has faced cancellation or suspension of many of its events. But after first advising all players to “take a collective...more >>


Article | April 14, 2020
Coronavirus Could Impact NFL Stadium Projects in Los Angeles, Las Vegas   

By: Michael Popke

The coronavirus pandemic has changed far more than March Madness. Although construction continued early the week of March 15 on the NFL’s two...more >>


Article | April 12, 2020
Fines, Community Service and More for Assaulting, Harassing Referees   

By: Michael Popke

Every state nationwide knows the struggle to keep refs in the game is real. But in some states, proposed laws that would give slap heavy penalties...more >>


Article | April 10, 2020
Survey: Olympic and Other Elite Athletes Struggling Financially   

By: Michael Popke

Olympic athletes’ dreams of representing their country come at a cost. The results of a survey of athletes in 48 countries (the U.S. included)...more >>


Article | April 9, 2020
Will Outdoor Activities Surge During the Pandemic?   

By: Michael Popke

Social distancing and self-quarantine have become the buzzwords to live by but they haven’t killed outdoor recreation. In fact, it’s possible...more >>


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