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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 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 >>


Article | October 30, 2019
Fly-by-Night College Recruitment Companies Targeting Events, Parents   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

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


Article | October 30, 2019
U.S. Back at the Bidding Table for Another Global Multi-Sport Event   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Long before the lights go on in L.A. to host the Olympics, the U.S. is hoping it’ll have another big international event under its belt. The World...more >>


Article | October 30, 2019
Seeing the Light: When Sports Venue Lighting Creates Problems in Neighborhoods   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Cities want to leverage fields and stadiums to attract sports tourism. But as the arms race to build better facilities and improve current ones heats...more >>


Article | October 30, 2019
Hunting Group Suing to Keep Mountain Bikers Off Trails   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s no secret that the outdoors is shared by many user groups, who sometimes get testy about being on one another’s turf. A recent lawsuit by a...more >>


Article | October 30, 2019
When Colleges Start Co-Opting Friday Night Lights, High Schools Fight Back   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Really, college football? The National Federation of State High School Associations can pretty much be heard grinding its teeth over statistics on...more >>


Article | October 30, 2019
Faked Out: Bogus Sponsorship Deals Plaguing Event Industry   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

As if it weren’t challenging enough to gain sponsorship for tournaments, event owners are now being faced with a new problem: keeping local...more >>


Article | October 30, 2019
After USA Triathlon’s Announcement, Get Ready for More NGB/CBD Partnerships   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

How surprising was the announcement that USA Triathlon had a partnership with a CBD brand? Not that surprising. Increasingly, cannabis has been...more >>


Article | October 30, 2019
Inside Events: U.S. Youth Cricket Association   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Growing a sport usually means starting at the youth level. U.S. Youth Cricket Association is doing just that. In addition to organizing two annual...more >>


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