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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 | September 6, 2017
US Open by the Numbers: Court is Back in Session in NYC   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

September might mean back to school, but in Manhattan, it’s back to the court as a sea of tennis fans swarms into the subways, en route to the...more >>


Article | September 6, 2017
Cancellations and Course Mismeasurements Lead to Gun-Shy Marathoners and Challenges for Planners   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When a Portland, Oregon, man filed a lawsuit against the organizers of the cancelled-at-the-last-minute Vancouver USA Marathon, it was more than just...more >>


Article | September 6, 2017
Winter 2026 Games: Innsbruck Comes in with an Across-The-Border Bid   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

At last check, Calgary was coming on strong with its campaign to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. But it’s too early to claim victory, particularly...more >>


Article | September 6, 2017
‘Average Joe’ Tournaments Bringing USA Table Tennis Out of the Basement, Into the Limelight   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The ‘Average Joe’ initiative at USA Table Tennis is aimed at driving sports tourism on the most user-friendly level possible: the entry level. By...more >>


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 >>


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