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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 29, 2019
Convict Labor, Goats Being Considered by Schools to Keep Fields Cut   

By: Michael Popke

Although the ideas ultimately were discarded, it’s a revealing sign of the times when a school district is considering local jail inmates and goats...more >>


Article | May 15, 2019
FDA: Don't Use Mobile Apps to Diagnose Concussions   

By: Michael Popke

No, the FDA really shouldn’t have to issue a warning to coaches and parents not to use apps and other devices to help assess, diagnose or manage...more >>


Article | May 15, 2019
Amid Enthusiasm From Cities, Major League Soccer Will Expand to 30 Teams   

By: Michael Popke

Feeding on the building World Cup frenzy, Major League Soccer will be expanding to 30 teams. Nashville SC and Inter Miami CF begin play in 2020, and...more >>


Article | May 15, 2019
Ohio Bill Would Make Assaulting Umpires, Referees a Felony   

By: Michael Popke

In an ideal world, this development would not be necessary. Ohio lawmakers want to put an end to assaults on sports officials at all levels once and...more >>


Article | May 1, 2019
Sports Turf Expert: Don’t Burn Your Fields to Dry Them   

By: Michael Popke

It certainly made headlines: the high school coach who tried to dry his wet field by dousing parts of it with gasoline and dropping a match. Other...more >>


Article | May 1, 2019
As Stadiums Go Cashless, Fans Need to Make Adjustments   

By: Michael Popke

First, airlines stopped accepting cash for inflight drinks in an attempt to expedite service. Now, stadiums are considering doing the same. Is it an...more >>


Article | May 1, 2019
City Considers Banning Unvaccinated Kids from Youth Sports   

By: Michael Popke

Well, this idea is spreading like, oh, the measles. But maybe this time, that’s a good thing. At least one New Jersey city is considering...more >>


Article | May 1, 2019
Game of Drones: Stadium Regulations are Coming   

By: Michael Popke

Drones continue to create a buzz (and not always a good one) in cities with high-profile sports teams. Now, Homeland Security is involved, along with...more >>


Article | May 1, 2019
Livestreaming Youth Sports Could Become Big Business   

By: Michael Popke

As TV coverage of youth sports dips (with the exception of international championships like the Little League World Series), event owners are turning...more >>


Article | May 1, 2019
Senator: U.S. Figure Skating Needs ‘Immediate Change’   

By: Michael Popke

With so much attention focused on USA Gymnastics and the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal, it may have been easy to miss the U.S. Center for...more >>


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