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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 | February 7, 2018
Inside Events: The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association this year celebrates the 125th anniversary of black college football in the U.S. The CIAA conducts...more >>


Article | February 7, 2018
Red Hearts Putting Sports Events in the Black   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Valentine’s Day lands on an unromantic Wednesday this year. But its positioning, right in the heart of the week, has given sports event planners...more >>


Article | February 4, 2018
Change of Scenery   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Moving to a new location can rejuvenate a sports event. After all, it brings in new athletes, new spectators and a change of venue. You get different...more >>


Article | January 24, 2018
Eight Cities with One Goal: Final Four   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Eight cities. Four years. One goal - Final Four. As the NCAA winds up to March Madness, it’s also winnowing down the cities to host future events....more >>


Article | January 24, 2018
Inside Events: National Collegiate Equestrian Association   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In 1998, Equestrian was identified by the NCAA and the Committee on Women’s Athletics as an emerging sport for women. The mission of the National...more >>


Article | January 24, 2018
In Wake of Mudslides and Fire, Cancelled Sports are the Least of Santa Barbara’s Worries   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When mudslides cancelled the duel in the pool between the University of Southern California-Santa Barbara and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, it...more >>


Article | January 24, 2018
The Big Game By the Numbers: Super Bowl in Minneapolis   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s time for office pools, overhyped halftime shows and the best commercials anywhere. And that means the Super Bowl. Yes, it’s a domed stadium....more >>


Article | January 24, 2018
‘Hacking is the New Juicing:’ Even the Olympics Have Fallen Prey   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The biggest latest threat to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang isn’t North Korea/South Korea tensions. It isn’t doping. It isn’t even...more >>


Article | January 24, 2018
Flu Epidemic Putting Sports Event Planners on Notice   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Chicken pox. Measles. Mumps. Zika. Legionnaires Disease. Even plague. They’ve all threatened sports events over the past five or so years. Now,...more >>


Article | January 24, 2018
The Career Conundrum: Race Director Business Survey Shows Rough Road Ahead   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Have we actually had a snapshot view of our industry from the employment side? Didn’t think so. But Road Race Management, an organization of race...more >>


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