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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 | February 18, 2020
Ultramarathon Events Showing More Than 1,500% Increase in Participation   

By: Michael Popke

The number of ultra runners, meaning those who run races that are longer than 26.2 miles, including trail and mountain runs, has increased a...more >>


Article | February 17, 2020
Spartan Working to Get Tough Mudder Running Again   

By: Michael Popke

The future of Tough Mudder doesn’t seem quite as clear as mud as it might have a month ago. But things in the obstacle course racing world aren’t...more >>


Article | February 1, 2020
Judge: Deaths Can’t be Proven to be Related to Head Trauma from Pop Warner Football   

By: Michael Popke

The year closed with a judge ruling against parents who said their sons’ deaths were caused by head trauma sustained in Pop Warner Football a...more >>


Article | February 1, 2020
Sports Medicine Researchers Explore Esports Injury Risks   

By: Michael Popke

As esports continues its foray into the mainstream, establishing teams, garnering sponsorships and putting up purpose-built competition and training...more >>


Article | January 31, 2020
Political Leaders Call for More International Soccer in South Florida   

By: Michael Popke

While Miami remains a strong contender to be named one of 10 U.S. cities to host games when the FIFA 2026 World Cup comes to North America, more than...more >>


Article | January 30, 2020
Kobe Bryant’s Legacy Includes Major Impact on Youth Sports   

By: Michael Popke

As the world continues to mourn Kobe Bryant, it becomes essential to examine his long-range impact – not just on the court as a pro athlete – but...more >>


Article | January 30, 2020
Wrestling and Gymnastics: A Winning Combination   

By: Michael Popke

When two entirely dissimilar sports share a venue, what happens? Success, if you’re going by the results of a combination gymnastics and wrestling...more >>


Article | January 30, 2020
With Major Cycling Series in Disarray, What’s Next for the Sport in the U.S.?   

By: Michael Popke

The cycling world enters a new decade under a shroud of uncertainty. The UCI Classic Series, set to launch, has been postponed (with UCI stating the...more >>


Article | January 22, 2020
By the Numbers: XFL   

By: Michael Popke

The XFL, with eight teams, is getting ready to ride again. Whether it is going to ride to glory or, like last time, off into the sunset, remains to...more >>


Article | January 8, 2020
After Charlotte, Will MLS Expansion Continue?   

By: Michael Popke

MLS just launched its 30th team and there’s still talk of creating even more opportunity. After all, Las Vegas and Phoenix were runners-up in the...more >>


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