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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 | June 26, 2019
2020 Tokyo Olympics Will Ban Fans from Posting Videos on Social Media   

By: Michael Popke

Have Tokyo 2020 organizers gone too far? They’re banning those who attend the Games from posting video or audio recordings online – unless...more >>


Article | June 26, 2019
Is the Esports Bubble Ready to Burst?   

By: Michael Popke

Are esports growing too fast for their own good? A detailed piece on a gaming news site has expressed concern with the esports industry – and...more >>


Article | June 26, 2019
Louisiana Law Gives Jail Time for Yelling at Youth Sports Officials   

By: Michael Popke

A brand-new Louisiana law makes harassing a ref on the scholastic or rec level a crime punishable by up to 90 days in jail. And the offender has to...more >>


Article | June 26, 2019
Defying the Odds, World Combat Games Scheduled for 2021   

By: Michael Popke

Could the World Combat Games be back in the fight? The on-again/off-again multi-sport event featuring boxing, wrestling and martial arts has been in...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
By the Numbers: 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup   

By: Michael Popke

The eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicked off June 7 in France, with the championship match slated for July 7 at Parc Olympique...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
Sports, Concussion, Repeat: Researchers See Troubling Pattern   

By: Michael Popke

Concussions as a repeated injury? Apparently so. A new study indicates that one in six children who has suffered one concussion will go on to repeat...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
Archdiocese of Detroit Ending Sports on Sundays   

By: Michael Popke

Never on a Sunday? At least not in Detroit, Michigan. The Archdiocese of Detroit is ending the practice of athletic events affiliated with the...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
Cardiac Events Most Common Cause of Sudden Death in Young Athletes   

By: Michael Popke

Ask anyone about injuries in sports and they’ll talk about concussions. But ask anyone about sudden deaths and there’s silence. As it turns out,...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
Universities Boost Alcohol Availability at Games   

By: Michael Popke

In an effort to boost revenues and enhance the fan experience, more college and university athletic programs are expanding alcohol sales. Within the...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
How Much Does It Cost Big Ten Athletic Programs to Travel?   

By: Michael Popke

The school year has come to a close which means athletic programs can take a (very brief) break from paying for student athlete travel. And make no...more >>


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