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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 30 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 | July 13, 2016
NASCAR Gains Traction in Social Media, Thanks to Connected Stadiums   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

For a sport whose following began with tailgating and TV, NASCAR has made a quantum leap. Not that for many sports, social media is new, but...more >>


Article | June 29, 2016
Inside Events: World T.E.A.M. Sports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Since 1987, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled and able-bodied citizens, including mountain climbing, whitewater...more >>


Article | June 29, 2016
Soccer Star’s Proposed Stadium in Florida is Banking on Rail Line   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

There’s no stopping this train. Or at least, there’s no stopping the optimism of its fan, soccer luminary David Beckham, who has seen rail...more >>


Article | June 29, 2016
Zika and Birth Defects: What it Means to Sports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The recent release of a report by The Centers for Disease Control on Zika-caused birth defects and pregnancy losses in the United States has brought...more >>


Article | June 29, 2016
In an Era of ‘Resort Fees,’ FTC Steps into the Breach   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Last year, the FCC put several major hotel chains, sports facilities, convention centers and management companies on notice after consumers...more >>


Article | June 29, 2016
Top Tech Trends: What Sports Planners Should Know   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The intersection of sports and technology just gets tighter, closer and more essential. As planners embrace the Internet of Things and the...more >>


Article | June 29, 2016
Sports Tourism Still Driving Car Rentals, Even in the Age of Uber   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In this summer of sports, rental car companies are enjoying a bump in business (even over Uber and Lyft) and hoping it continues.


Article | June 29, 2016
Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and 5Ks: The 4th and Sports   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Red, white and blue. Oh, and a whole lot of green, particularly for sports event planners. The Fourth of July has patriotic festivities but there’s...more >>


Article | June 29, 2016
Cardiac Concussions: Safety Standards Event Owners Need to Know   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With all the attention to head injuries, and how to diagnose and treat (if not outright prevent them), recent news about a different piece of safety...more >>


Article | June 15, 2016
Inside Events: USA Powerlifting   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

USA Powerlifting is the leading powerlifting organization in the United States. USA Powerlifting is a member of the International Powerlifting...more >>


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