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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 | November 1, 2019
Introducing the 2019 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The legendary coach, Pat Summitt, said it best: “Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results.” Meet this year’s award...more >>


Article | November 13, 2019
Inside Events: USA Football   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When reports showed participation in traditional football had dipped at the high school level, there was speculation that it was attributable to...more >>


Article | November 13, 2019
With Thanksgiving Around the Corner, Time to Trot Out the 5K   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

While malls and merchants are gearing up for Black Friday – which is, after all, a little more than two weeks away – sports event organizers are...more >>


Article | November 13, 2019
Sports Parents Being Targeted by Fly-by-Night College Recruitment Companies   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Felicity Huffman just got out of jail. Lori Loughlin is facing new charges. And now, crimes surrounding college recruitment have hit a new low. Fake...more >>


Article | November 13, 2019
In the Wake of a Fire, Resort Community Pulls Together to Host Displaced Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

A fire that swept through a historic mountain inn and golf resort, displacing multiple guests and events, has also proven to be a testament to the...more >>


Article | November 13, 2019
Hotel Cybersecurity Top of Mind for Families Traveling for Sports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Less than a year ago, the travel world was shaken by Marriott’s admission that 500 million guest records had been hacked. Now, a survey shows...more >>


Article | November 13, 2019
Is Golf Stumbling - or Getting Back to Normal?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

There are a lot of puns that could be employed – golf is off-course, stuck in the rough, sub-par – but here’s what you really need to know: The...more >>


Article | November 13, 2019
Can a New SitCom by “Big Bang Theory” Creators Make Esports Just as Cool?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Uh-oh. Someone’s trying to sit in Sheldon’s spot. NBC is developing a comedy called “The Squad” about a group of friends and enemies who find...more >>


Article | November 13, 2019
Suspension of Arena Football Leaves Six Cities with the Need to Fill Indoor Space   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Might want to hang a NO VACANCY sign wherever it is people go to talk about creating competitors to the NFL. Six cities that hosted Arena Football...more >>


Article | November 13, 2019
As Hospitality Industry Feared, Airbnb is Deflating Hotel Income -- Significantly   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The homeshare economy continues to prosper. Researchers note that not only is Airbnb growing at a rate of 100 percent per year, that growth has...more >>


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