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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 | June 20, 2019
Inside Events: STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s been called the original extreme sport and it’s now bringing in sponsorships, prize money, TV coverage and international competition. The...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
Inside Events: Kayak Bass Fishing   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Kayak Bass Fishing represents the fastest-growing segment of the angling market. With lower barriers to entry and ease of access to fishing venues,...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
San Diego Washes Out as Host of World Beach Games   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Was it something in the water? More like something in the bottom line. The World Beach Games, scheduled for October 2019, have been abruptly yanked...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
Motorsports Events: Economic Engine or Source of Contention?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Motorsports events can generate revenue, excitement and crowds. Unfortunately, they can cause controversy when they’re not being held at a facility...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
Baseball Netting in the Spotlight – Again   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The injury to a little girl at Minute Maid Park has reawakened the debate about protective netting. Unfortunately, unless (and until) a world leader...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
Will Esports' Migration to Movie Theaters Leave Convention Centers Behind?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Note to indoor venues in cities everywhere: if you haven’t updated your network infrastructure to attract esports events, consider this your...more >>


Article | June 12, 2019
Fishing Derbies: When Kids Cast Out, Everyone Reels It In   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It all starts with a kid learning to hold a pole. The recreational fishing industry – and competitive event owners – know that anglers are born...more >>


Article | May 29, 2019
American Axes Excess Fees for Oversize Equipment Amid Requests from Athletes   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Good news for owners of sports events where athletes commonly carry large and awkwardly-shaped equipment: American Airlines just eliminated its...more >>


Article | May 29, 2019
NCAA Passes on Esports - Gamers Relieved   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It might be a first. NCAA passed up an opportunity to oversee the championships of a fast-growing and big-money collegiate sport. In fact, it opted...more >>


Article | May 29, 2019
New Report Details Archery’s Growth, Cites Influencers for Event Owners   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Lord of the Rings. The Hunger Games. The Avengers. Game of Thrones. We’ve seen some impressive archery in the media and its impact is reverberating...more >>


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