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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 | March 20, 2019
Could Ripple Effect from College Bribery Scandal Hit Sports Events?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Unless you’ve been living in a fallout shelter, it’s been impossible to miss the news of the college admission scandal. The question, however, is...more >>


Article | March 20, 2019
The Growing Presence of E-Bikes: What Event Owners Should Know   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The news that Wyoming’s bicycle paths and trails will soon be open to those using electric-powered, or e-bikes, might be a wake-up call to some...more >>


Article | March 20, 2019
Have Passport, Will Travel? Rule Changes Will Affect International Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Owners of events taking place outside the U.S. have been hearing the buzz about new documentation requirements that will take hold in 2021. The...more >>


Article | March 20, 2019
Net Gains and Losses: The Math of March Madness   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With Selection Sunday in the rear-view, March Madness is finally getting underway. And along with the brackets and the bar bets comes the opportunity...more >>


Article | March 20, 2019
Investing in Terrain for Cycling, Running and Climbing Means No Off Season for Ski Resorts   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The announcement that Alterra Mountain Company would invest $181 million across multiple North American destinations might not have been a surprise...more >>


Article | March 20, 2019
The Golf Rule Changes and What Event Owners Need to be Ready   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Nobody needs to be told that golf is a game built on tradition. So when rule changes were introduced, there was no doubt they were going to make...more >>


Article | March 20, 2019
Cemeteries Seeing New Life as Racing Destinations   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Across the U.S., cemeteries are seeing increased use as grounds for sports events. And once you get past the knee-jerk factor, it makes sense....more >>


Article | March 20, 2019
From TopGolf to Home Run Dugout, 'Eatertainment' Takes a Cue from Sports Tourism   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

TopGolf. SPIN. Chicken N Pickle. They’re all examples of the ‘eatertainment’ trend that mixes sports, active play and the spectator experience....more >>


Article | March 20, 2019
Inside Events: The Association of Collegiate Anglers   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

While professional fishing is an enormous economic driver, there has been trickle-down growth, with tournaments for younger age groups. Meet the...more >>


Article | March 20, 2019
Want to Know Which Sports Will Grow? This Report has Answers   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

For sports planners looking to capitalize on the segments of the industry that might be growing, it’s imperative to look at what has shown growth...more >>


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