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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 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 >>


Case study | April 24, 2019
Sports Options, Venue Flexibility and Southern Hospitality Abound   

By: Michael Popke

In less than two years, this city of about 100,000 residents went from having few indoor or outdoor sports facilities for local youth sports teams to...more >>


Article | April 24, 2019
Take Me Out to the Ballpark   

By: Michael Popke

Summer’s favorite game is back for another season. As the sport’s popularity continues, facilities across the U.S. are upping the ante to bring...more >>


Case study | April 23, 2019
Welcome to ‘The Sports and Entertainment Capital of Texas’   

By: Michael Popke

Few cities in the United States are experiencing a sports development and tourism boom like the one happening in the Dallas/Fort Worth area...more >>


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