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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 | June 28, 2017
What Sports Travel Planners Need to Know About Florida's Latest Health Threat: Legionnaire's Disease   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With its travel advisory on Zika recently lifted by the CDC, (although precautions remain in certain areas), Florida now confronts its next health...more >>


Article | June 28, 2017
USA Football Breaks Huddle with Rookie Tackle Program: What Planners Should Know   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With participation sagging and fears of concussion and long-term injury to children never far from parents’ minds, youth football has been looking...more >>


Article | June 28, 2017
With Formation of World Skate, Skateboarding May Have Set Aside Infighting En Route to the Olympics   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When we last checked in with skateboarding, the newly-minted Olympic sport was in disarray, with infighting over governance, a lawsuit from one...more >>


Article | June 28, 2017
Olympic Channel to Debut, Bringing New Tie-Ins for Amateur Sports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Channel surfing? Soon, there will be another swell to ride as the Olympic Channel returns to the pay-TV lineup. And it’s something sports planners...more >>


Article | June 28, 2017
The All-American Pastime for Sports Planners: Promoting the Fourth and Profiting from It   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Three cheers for the red, white and blue; they certainly can do a lot to keep sports events in the black. The Fourth of July is fast approaching and...more >>


Article | June 28, 2017
eSports Now Hosting Regional Qualifiers, Giving More Destinations an Opportunity to Serve this New Market   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The emerging industry of eSports just continues to grow. The announcement of their inclusion in the Asian Games (leading to much speculation about...more >>


Article | June 28, 2017
Special Report on Cuba Travel Reversal: What it Means to the Business of Sports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Call it the Cuban Travel Crisis. The president’s recent policy changes shook the tourism industry with the force of a 7.0-Richter-Scale earthquake....more >>


Article | June 28, 2017
Inside Events: The Color Run   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The Color Run (tagline: “The Happiest 5K on the Planet”) is an untimed paint race that has, in a short time, become the largest running series in...more >>


Article | June 14, 2017
Preseason eSports Training Facility Up and Running (and Profiting) in California   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The Cactus League, the Grapefruit League and the Silicone Palm Tree League? Spring training just got more tech-y. In the constantly-evolving arms...more >>


Article | June 14, 2017
Who’s Your Daddy? Sports Events are Ready to Cater to Him on Father’s Day   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Father’s Day is coming, and you probably already know Dad would rather see a tied-up-in-the-ninth baseball game than unwrap another tie. The event,...more >>


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