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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.


News | May 1, 2020
Apalachee Regional Park & Leon County Tourism awarded 2022 NJCAA XC Championships   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The NJCAA has announced locations for upcoming Division I and Division II Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships.


Article | April 29, 2020
Sources: "Assault on Hometown Baseball" a Done Deal   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Last year, the country learned of what became known as “the assault on hometown baseball,” or MLB’s proposal to cut 40 teams from the minors....more >>


Article | April 29, 2020
Shut Out of PPP Loans, DMOs Lead Call to Lawmakers   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The recent expansion of funds for the Paycheck Protection Program is great, unless you’re a destination marketing organization like a convention...more >>


Article | April 28, 2020
Virtual Tryouts Allowing Teams to Gather Athletes for Next Season   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Rah-rah for COVID-19? That’s a no-no. But cheer squads in the NFL, whose auditions were halted by the virus, have been instituting virtual tryouts,...more >>


Article | April 28, 2020
Waiting Game: FIFA World Cup Site Decision Another Casualty of COVID-19   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The FIFA World Cup in 2026 is further out than most sports commissions are looking at the moment, but they will have to wait to find out whether...more >>


Article | April 27, 2020
Inside Events: Big Bass Zone Junior Championship   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

While many states are in lockdown, the Big Bass Zone Junior Championship, a virtual tournament, has been reeling in young anglers and getting them...more >>


Article | April 27, 2020
Professional Bull Riding Bucking COVID-19's No-Sports Trend   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

March Madness, Major League Baseball and most everything else has fallen silent. But in the face of COVID-19, professional bull riding is thriving....more >>


Article | April 24, 2020
Social Distancing Madness: Who Has the Best Yardstick?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Unless you’ve been living in a fallout shelter, you’ve heard the term, “social distancing,” defined as is six feet between people. But...more >>


Article | April 22, 2020
Up for Bid and Open for Business: NAIA Championship Events   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Want some more proof the sports business economy is restarting? The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is seeking host...more >>


Article | April 14, 2020
Cancelled or Postponed Events? Market the Merch Anyway   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Cancelled and postponed events are bad enough but what do you do with boxes of T-shirts, hats and other memorabilia? If you’re smart, you ramp up...more >>


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