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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 | March 20, 2019
Want to Know Which Sports Will Grow? This Report has Answers   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

For sports planners looking to capitalize on the segments of the industry that might be growing, it’s imperative to look at what has shown growth...more >>


Article | March 20, 2019
eSports Earns a Place on the Medal Stand – Just Not in the U.S.   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

eSports won't be headed for the Olympic podium any time soon (at least not if Thomas Bach has his way), but they will feature prominently in another...more >>


Article | March 6, 2019
Hosting Shake-Up: L.A. Out as Base for 2019 World Urban Games   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The last time this happened to a multi-sport event, it was called ‘the worst snub in Olympic history.’ Depending on who you ask, though, this...more >>


Article | March 6, 2019
Will Baltimore Pony Up the Money for a Track Rehab or Will the Preakness Move?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In early 2019, Baltimore was feeling the angst over the possibility that the Preakness Stakes might move from its longtime home, Pimlico Race Course,...more >>


Article | March 6, 2019
The Next Wave of Data Protection Regulations is Here. Are You Ready?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If you thought the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, would stay on its side of the Atlantic without having an impact on your recordkeeping...more >>


Article | March 6, 2019
No Baseball, No Softball, No Squash: Who Didn’t Get into Paris 2024 and Why?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With the announcement of the four showcase sports for Paris 2024 (climbing, surfing, skateboarding and breakdancing), some sports, like baseball,...more >>


Article | March 6, 2019
Without First-Person-Shooter Games, eSports Get a Shot at the Olympics   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Defying the IOC’s seemingly endless efforts to keep it out, eSports has found its own way into the Games. Well, kinda-sorta. According to Paris...more >>


Article | March 6, 2019
New Water Polo Championship Shows Sport is Winning the Growth Game   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Water polo keeps winning the growth game. Following its successful introduction of a kid-friendly version of the sport, it has shown epic gains at...more >>


Article | March 6, 2019
Bringin’ in the Green with St. Patrick’s Day Tie-Ins   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

St. Patrick’s Day lands on Selection Sunday this year. But since traditional activities often include green beer, green beads and drinking enough...more >>


Article | March 6, 2019
Inside Events: The National High School Golf Association (NHSGA)   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

High school golf, despite the fact that it serves as a bridge to the collegiate game (and then to the adult game) has been largely underserved. The...more >>


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