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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.


News | June 1, 2018
2018 Reader’s Choice Award Winners Announced by Sports Destination Management   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

“Nominations exceeded expectations. We were overwhelmed by the volume and scope of entries — from destinations to venues to the services and...more >>


Article | June 1, 2018
2018 Reader’s Choice Awards   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Sports Destination Management congratulates the winners of the 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards and thanks our readers for their feedback and...more >>


Article | July 11, 2018
Inside Events: National Battle of the Bands   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The Queen City Battle of the Bands, formerly held in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a competition for marching bands from Historically Black Colleges...more >>


Article | July 11, 2018
Pickleball Events Making Inroads on Ocean Liners as Sports Cruises Gain Pace Overall   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Forget shuffleboard and putting greens. The hottest sport on cruise ships right now is pickleball. As the trend gains steam, expect to see even more...more >>


Article | July 11, 2018
Could Baseball and Softball Be Out of the Olympics After 2020?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Baseball and softball return to the Olympics in 2020, but it could be a short stay. In fact, neither might be in Paris in 2024. France can propose...more >>


Article | July 11, 2018
Event Owners Should Know About Research on a New Helmet Rating System   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

For organizers of bicycling events, the announcement of new research on helmet safety may not change anything quite yet. However, becoming familiar...more >>


Article | July 11, 2018
Expect Rise of Cryptocurrency in Travel Industry   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Russia’s FIFA World Cup has made headlines for many reasons (including the early exit of reigning champion Germany). On the business end, however,...more >>


Article | July 11, 2018
Pinch Hitting Princesses? Disney and Double Plays? MiLB Promotion Brings in New Demographic   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Disney and double-plays? Minor League Baseball, the Genesis of innovative promotions (remember Legalizing Marinara?) has come up with a new one, this...more >>


Article | June 27, 2018
Storm-Prone Caribbean Destinations Begin Offering Hurricane Insurance   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The Caribbean knows when to drop back and punt. After being slammed by two major hurricanes last season, the area is looking to lure travelers with a...more >>


Article | June 27, 2018
Legislation on Summer Practices Follows Athlete Deaths   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s a paradox: the parents and coaches who run onto the field after a helmet-to-helmet incident are the same ones who shrug off summer heat during...more >>


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