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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 | January 23, 2019
Inside Events: The 420 Games   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The 420 Games, a multi-sport event developed by cannabis advocates, was established to counteract the ‘lazy stoner’ image. The event, which has...more >>


Article | January 23, 2019
Hijacked Frequent Flier Miles Being Sold on the Dark Web   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

From insult to injury: right after the news that airport hotspots are a favorite hunting ground of hackers looking for personal data comes this...more >>


Article | January 23, 2019
New Track & Field Events at the International Level Could Trickle Down   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Track and field event owners should be aware of some brand-new events. And while these will make their debut at the IAAF World Relays in Japan in...more >>


Article | January 23, 2019
Indoor Rowing Competitions Making Waves Worldwide   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Call it a spinoff of indoor cycling or an offshoot of CrossFit. Indoor rowing, now a go-to in boutique fitness, is also one of the fastest-growing...more >>


Article | January 23, 2019
The New Trend: Co-Hosting eSports and Traditional Competitions   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If Andy Murray doesn’t want to depart Melbourne immediately, he can always stick around and watch another playing field entirely. Epic Games hosts...more >>


Article | January 23, 2019
What’s the Future of Sports? Find Out from These Two Reports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Want to know the future of sports events in America? Forget about looking into crystal ball, hosting a séance or even cracking open a fortune...more >>


Article | January 9, 2019
Inside Events: USA Cheer   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Cheer squads and dance teams have come a long way over the decades since they started showing up in high schools and colleges nationwide. From...more >>


Article | January 9, 2019
Would a Rebuilt Preakness Venue Help Maryland – or Drive Iconic Race Out of Town?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

There are some long faces in Baltimore’s sports tourism sector and they don’t belong to horses. With the news that a Maryland Stadium Authority...more >>


Article | January 9, 2019
With the Shuttering of Its National Tourism Board, Mexico Stands to Lose Sports Event Owners   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Mexico has announced the shuttering of its national tourism board – at perhaps the most disadvantageous time, considering news of violence and...more >>


Article | January 9, 2019
When Colleges Fight with Friday Night Lights: A Cautionary Tale for Event Owners   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If college football hasn’t made a New Year’s resolution yet, high school football has a suggestion: stop planning anything for Friday nights. And...more >>


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