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Mary Helen Sprecher

Sports Destination Management


Mary Helen Sprecher

Mary Helen Sprecher is the managing editor of Sports Destination Management. She has been a technical writer for more than 25 years with the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national association of designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, and as such, has written for a variety of magazines in the sports and fitness industry. Sprecher has written on various topics relating to sports facility design, construction and supply, as well as sports medicine and health issues.

Previously, she was a full-time newspaper reporter in Baltimore, Maryland and has been an instructor in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Goucher College, where she taught meeting and event planning courses.


Article | August 23, 2017
44 North American Cities Vying for 2026 World Cup   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The FIFA fallout hasn’t stopped (in fact, a recent report on criminal activities will probably throw gasoline on the fire, considering FIFA...more >>


Article | August 23, 2017
Will Courts Cry 'Foul' on Parents Suing Coaches for Playtime?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The news has been more than busy in the past two weeks, so maybe youth sports news has gotten overlooked. Or maybe we’re just numb to the concept...more >>


Article | August 23, 2017
Parkour Rejects Gymnastics Classification and Battles for Autonomy   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Recently, parkour (the urban discipline closest to obstacle racing) was added as a gymnastics discipline, and parkour wasn’t happy about it....more >>


Article | August 23, 2017
High Schools to Other Organizations: Hands Off Friday Nights   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Calling all college sports and pro teams. High school football has a message for you: Hands off Friday nights. And travel teams should be ready for...more >>


Article | August 23, 2017
IOC to Examine eSports as a Medal Event in 2024   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With the 2024 Olympics almost certainly taking place against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower, France wants to create the most innovative Games ever....more >>


Article | August 23, 2017
Montreal’s Olympic Stadium Joins List of Arenas to Have Served as Emergency Shelters   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Large sports arenas have a history of multi-tasking, whether it’s hosting Final Four or rock concerts. But recently, venues have been transformed...more >>


Article | August 23, 2017
Inside Events: The Supergirl Gamer Pro eSports Tournament   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

eSports is becoming an influential player in the sports event industry. But while there’s a nearly 50/50 split among male and female players,...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
By the Numbers: High School Sports Skyrocketing in Popularity   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Travel teams may be bringing in the big money, but high school sports have some big numbers of their own. The 2016-2017 school year bears that out,...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
Inside Events: The International Mind Sports Association   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

This is not your high school chess club. With six international federations representing mind sports including Bridge, Go, Mahjong, Draughts, Xiangqi...more >>


Article | August 9, 2017
Hiring Gen Z: What Event Owners Need to Know Now   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Waiting tables. Lifeguarding. Babysitting. Teen jobs used to come in predictable shapes and sizes. These days, they’re likely to take a very...more >>


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