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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 | November 1, 2017
Arrows Fly in Mexico City, but with an Earthquake Relief Focus; Other Sports Have Followed   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The devastating earthquake in Mexico City may have resulted in the cancellation of two Paralympic Championships, but World Archery’s World...more >>


Article | October 18, 2017
Will Lawsuits Unravel the Safety Net the 'Baseball Rule' Has Enjoyed?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It didn’t take long for Major League Baseball’s netting issue to start unravelling. It has long hidden behind a century-old line on tickets...more >>


Article | October 18, 2017
Who’s in Charge? U.S. Skateboarders Want to Know   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The struggle to govern skateboarding, long thought to exist just at the international level, is widespread. In the U.S. alone, a battle is raging...more >>


Article | October 18, 2017
Seven Niche Sports, One Common Denominator: The Quest for Recognition   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Seven niche sports that couldn’t be more different just got a common denominator: they took their first steps toward international recognition....more >>


Article | October 18, 2017
Inside Events: USA Jump Rope   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If fast, powerful and athletic weren't terms you previously associated with jump rope, get ready to have your paradigm shifted. Meet USA Jump Rope,...more >>


Article | October 4, 2017
Pole Sports: ‘We Will Not Become Part of Gymnastics’   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Pole sports (that would be pole dancing, not pole vaulting) is continuing in its quest for acceptance and respect among its fellow international...more >>


Article | October 4, 2017
As Puerto Rico Fights to Recover, Rescheduled Sports Events Are Imminent   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The reschedule notice wasn’t terribly long, but it was telling. The International Billfish Tournament, scheduled for late September in Puerto Rico,...more >>


Article | October 4, 2017
World Paralympic Championships Postponed in Wake of Mexico City Earthquake   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The biggest aftershock of the devastating earthquake to hit Mexico City was a death toll that soared above 300. It didn’t even cause a ripple,...more >>


Article | October 4, 2017
After Toddler Struck in the Face, Will Baseball Netting Restrictions Be Strengthened?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

At the end of 2015, Major League Baseball recommended (but did not mandate) increased safety netting at its parks following injuries to several fans....more >>


Article | October 4, 2017
Halloween Themed Events Can be an Economic Treat   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Halloween comes on a Tuesday this year. Count on the celebrations to start the Friday before, at least for those who want to make money. How much...more >>


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