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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 | June 21, 2020
The Under-the-Radar Health Risk This Summer: More Mosquitoes   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Here’s a health risk nobody’s really talking about right now: the mosquito population is up. And that means that no matter how far apart...more >>


Article | June 20, 2020
Insurance for Virtual Events Proves All Rights Holders Need Protection   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

At first glance, the concept was surprising. Insurance for virtual events? But given the fact that many road races, duathlons and other events have...more >>


Article | June 20, 2020
Could an “Explore America” Tax Grant Help Kick-Start Sports Travel?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The statistics are grim – 200 million travel-related jobs that could be lost be lost in the U.S. alone because of COVID-19. An industry that is...more >>


Article | June 20, 2020
Two Emerging Sports Could Bring in New Opportunities for Event Owners   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Some good news for a change: Two new sports (that couldn’t be more different) have been named to the NCAA’s Emerging Sports for Women list....more >>


Article | June 19, 2020
Fishing Tournaments Get Back On The Water with Precautions, PPE   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

From drive-up weighing of fish to wearing masks onstage, fishing tournaments are adjusting to the for-now-normal of post-COVID-19 life. Find out how...more >>


Article | June 19, 2020
SEC, NCAA Rebel Against Presence of Confederate Flag in Mississippi   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When NASCAR served notice that the Confederate Flag would no longer be welcome at any aspects of its events, including its tailgate and campground...more >>


Article | June 18, 2020
Inside Events: Russian Slap Fighting   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Yes, some sports have been able to survive (and thrive) despite the advent of COVID-19. Esports is one of these. But another is Russian Slap...more >>


Article | June 9, 2020
Want to be a Superhero to Sports Parents? There’s an App for That   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Youth sports and venues located near amusement parks are a natural fit. But long lines and overcrowding (the bane of the post-COVID-19 experience)...more >>


Article | June 5, 2020
Latest PPP “Improvements” Haven’t Improved Life for DMOs    

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Funding isn’t in the cards. Disappointment is. Sports commissions, CVBs and other economic development groups who were hoping for relief from...more >>


Article | June 5, 2020
Inside Events: Meijer State Games of Michigan’s Virtual Games   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Throughout the month, the Meijer State Game of Michigan is hosting its first Virtual Games with running, cycling, BMX, fishing, golfing, rowing,...more >>


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