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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 | May 30, 2018
Losing the Fight, World Combat Games Shelved for Another Three Years   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The experience of trying to put on the World Combat Games could best be characterized as a fight. The Games, an international multi-sport festival...more >>


Article | May 16, 2018
With Homes Destroyed and Lives Threatened by Volcano’s Eruption, Sports are the Least of Hawai’i’s Worries   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With residents being evacuated from homes and property damage estimates already in the millions, the concept of sports events on Hawai’i’s Big...more >>


Article | May 16, 2018
Inside Events: Cardio Tennis   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

May is Play Tennis Month, but getting non-players engaged when tournaments come to town is a challenge. A tennis-centric group fitness program works...more >>


Article | May 16, 2018
Tie-ins with the Royal Wedding are Match Made in Heaven for Sports Event Owners   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is this Saturday, and if you thought the sports and travel industry would miss out on cashing in,...more >>


Article | May 16, 2018
BigNameBnb? Marriott Has Opened Its Own Homeshare Program: What it Can Mean to Event Owners   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In a classic case of “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ’em,” Marriott is walking in Airbnb’s footsteps by launching its own homeshare program....more >>


Article | May 16, 2018
Sports Business Industry Grapples with Smoky Gray Area of Marijuana Sponsorship   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Where there’s smoke, there’s sponsorship, as well as plenty of hot debate. Last month, a cannabis brand signed on as a sponsor of an endurance...more >>


Article | May 16, 2018
Louisiana Bass Tournaments Lose Battle but Vow to Fight On   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The state known as the “sportsman’s paradise” might be paradise lost for now but advocates are fighting on. The defeat of a bill that would...more >>


Article | May 2, 2018
Inside Events: Interscholastic Equestrian Association   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

While much has been written about equestrian sports at the college and professional levels, not as much attention is paid to where riders start. The...more >>


Article | May 2, 2018
Baseball and Football Leading the Social Media Charge? Not According to this Study   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

While the USA likes to think sports like baseball and football have the worldwide lock on social media engagement, they didn’t even crack the top...more >>


Article | May 2, 2018
Explosive Growth Expected as Championship Beach Volleyball Comes to NJCAA Level   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When beach volleyball, the fastest-growing sport in college history, exploded on the scene as an NCAA championship event in record time, people were...more >>


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