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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 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 >>


Article | November 28, 2018
NFL Stadium Security Facing Tests on Multiple Levels – Will it Affect Event Owners?   

By: Michael Popke

Intense NFL rivalries — coupled with stadium fights and a lawsuit filed by an assaulted Dallas Cowboy fan — have placed increased attention on...more >>


Article | November 28, 2018
eSports Stadiums Helping Cities Land Tournaments   

By: Michael Popke

The baseball season might be over but in some cities, venues are still getting use – for eSports. As the demand grows, cities across the U.S. are...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
Rodeo Roundup   

By: Michael Popke

Rodeo venues can be found all over the United States — even in places where you might not expect them, including places like Sedalia, Missouri,...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
Riding High   

By: Michael Popke

With the proliferation of riders comes a need for events, and facilities to stable them. Here is a round-up of some of the great facilities you’ll...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
With a Possible Separation from the USOC, What Happens to Sanctioning of Gymnastics Events?   

By: Michael Popke

With a potential ouster of USA Gymnastics as the sport's governing body, what will happen to sanctioned events? And who will sanction them in the...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
Concussion Report: Pop Warner’s Program, a New Book and a Huge Lawsuit   

By: Michael Popke

What is the latest news, and what studies, developments and initiatives are intended to prevent (or at least lower the risk of) concussions in sports...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
Milwaukee’s New Fiserv Forum Makes History with Bird-Friendly Design   

By: Michael Popke

After an inordinate number of instances where birds crashed into U.S. Bank Stadium and died, designers started paying attention. And when Fiserv...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
Could High School Bus Driver Shortage Trickle Down to Youth Sports?   

By: Michael Popke

Are bus drivers the next endangered species? It appears so, as from Massachusetts to Minnesota, school districts are struggling to find enough bus...more >>


Article | November 14, 2018
Change Starts at the Bottom: New NFHS Criteria for College Basketball Selection Events   

By: Michael Popke

Can change at the high school recruitment level mean change at the NCAA level? The wheels are in motion. The National Federation of State High School...more >>


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