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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 18, 2015
Selfie Sticks: Device Non Grata at Sports Destinations   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s the device of choice in a social media-obsessed world. But lately, the selfie stick -- that telescoping rod that attaches to a phone and...more >>


Article | May 18, 2015
Ski Tourism: Up? Down? Who Knows?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When it comes to ski tourism and travel for the winter of 2014-2015, statistics have been floating around; basically, they can be categorized as...more >>


Article | May 18, 2015
California Town Cancels Mud Run Because of Water Shortage   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It was bound to happen. In San Jacinto, California, a local park district has canceled a popular mud run due to the drought and the ensuing...more >>


Article | May 18, 2015
Tech Report: Smartwatches That Hate Tattoos, Apps That Choose Tunes   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

That badass tribal tattoo on your wrist? The one you got after you did that epic mud run? Too bad it doesn’t impress your brand-new Apple Watch....more >>


Article | May 6, 2015
Orioles’ Empty-Nest Syndrome Provides Eerie Warning to City   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

What if you held a baseball game and nobody came? It happened in Baltimore last week, but not because people weren’t interested in attending. The...more >>


Article | May 6, 2015
Take That: Gaylord Plants Boundary Stakes, Breaks Ground on Mega-Facility   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

There are grand openings and there are soft opening. And apparently, there are quasi-openings that are held just to prove a point. Proponents of the...more >>


Article | May 6, 2015
Game of Drones: Spying is Coming…to a Ballpark Near You   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The image of the trench-coat-wearing spy lurking in the bleachers and surreptitiously watching the opponent's practice from behind dark glasses has...more >>


Article | May 6, 2015
Tourism Industry Throwing Increased Support Behind JOLT Act   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The established fact is that tourism means dollars. Unfortunately, there’s another fact: for international tourists who want to come to the U.S. to...more >>


Article | May 6, 2015
Soccer-FIFA and UEFA Threaten Greece with Suspension over New Law   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

And you thought soccer parents yelling at coaches and officials was a problem. Two oceans away, a government is trying to crack down on unruly fans...more >>


Article | May 6, 2015
Football: Ready to Cross the London Bridge?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Don’t go buying the season tickets or looking for the cheerleader tryouts yet, but if reports are to be believed, the Tottenham Hotspur...more >>


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