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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 40 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 | July 7, 2020
Tournaments are ON – Here’s Where They’re Flourishing   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It started out as a tough week, even for optimists. IRONMAN cancelled its Muncie, Indiana event. COVID-19 kicked enough sand in the face of the North...more >>


Article | July 5, 2020
Quarantine Play of Backyard Games Could Shape Tournament Landscape   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

While there have been plenty of quarantine-induced jokes about “Taking my next vacation in Puerto Backyardo,” the truth is that a lot of people...more >>


Article | July 3, 2020
Preakness to Stay in Baltimore, Pimlico May Also Host Field Sports Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The races are reordered, and Belmont ran without spectators but the pursuit of horse racing’s fabled Triple Crown is underway. After Tiz The Law...more >>


Article | July 1, 2020
Can College Club Programs Help Boost the Sports Economy?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

First came the news that a few colleges here and there were dropping sports programs because of COVID-19-related shortfalls. Then a few became dozens...more >>


Article | June 30, 2020
Open for Business and Up for Bids: NAIA Championships   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Hope for the future is a click away. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is requesting bids from interested cities and...more >>


Article | June 30, 2020
Outside of Hand Sanitizer, What’s the Hottest Merch for Events?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Trying to find some branded merchandise for your participants? At least you can cross toilet paper off the list. As the country tiptoes back into...more >>


Article | June 30, 2020
Inside Events: American Darters Association   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If your vision of darts is limited to a smoky bar, it’s time you met the American Darters Association. The ADA, the sanctioning body for a...more >>


Article | June 29, 2020
Spiking COVID-19 Cases Cause the Cancellation of Some Early Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Hurry up and wait. The first states in the U.S. to adopt aggressive reopening protocols are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases that is forcing...more >>


Article | June 23, 2020
Reports: 2020 Minor League Baseball Season to be Cancelled   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

There will be a season. There won’t. There will but the number of teams will be cut. Over the past months, we’ve heard plenty of reports but no...more >>


Article | June 21, 2020
Up for Bid: 2022 Powerchair Hockey World Championship   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The business of sports is reopening. Need proof? There’s an international championship seeking a host city. The International Wheelchair and...more >>


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