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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 12, 2019
Study Demonstrates Positive Impact of Youth Sports on Mental Health   

By: Michael Popke

As if there weren’t already plenty of reasons to support youth participation in sports programming, medical science is bringing us one more. A new...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
Pre-Olympics Bounce Hits China    

By: Michael Popke

A winter sports flash mob? A sudden uptick in interest in ice and snow events? It’s all a documented part of what is becoming known as the...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
Expected Cost of L.A. Olympics Skyrockets to Nearly $7 Billion   

By: Michael Popke

Being the host of the Olympics is going to be expensive. Los Angeles won’t have the Games until 2028, but organizers already are predicting...more >>


Article | May 29, 2019
Illinois Implementing Background Checks for High School Officials   

By: Michael Popke

Finding enough referees and umpires for high school sporting events is a challenging task for athletics administrators and in Illinois, it just got...more >>


Article | May 29, 2019
Big in Texas: Dallas Suburb Targeted for $500 Million Cricket Stadium   

By: Michael Popke

In 2018, Texas became home of North America’s largest esports facility in Arlington. Now, plans appear to be moving forward with a $500 million...more >>


Article | May 29, 2019
Cornhole's Meteoric Rise Has Leaders Thinking the Olympic Podium's the Limit   

By: Michael Popke

Cornhole, the ultimate tailgate sport (hey, you can play it with a drink in one hand), would like to be considered for Olympic inclusion. And even if...more >>


Article | May 29, 2019
Dallas CVB, Other Groups Oppose Bill That Would Discriminate Based on Religious Beliefs   

By: Michael Popke

Following its bout with a so-called ‘bathroom bill,’ Texas is back in a less than flattering spotlight. Now, state lawmakers are seeking to allow...more >>


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 >>


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