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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 | September 23, 2015
Sports Travelers Can Look Forward to Better In-Flight Wi-Fi   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Travel teams, personnel and parents spend a lot of time in the air. And currently, their opinions of in-flight wi-fi equals that regarding baggage...more >>


Article | September 23, 2015
Event Managers, DMOs, Forge Partnerships with Players in Sharing Economy   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

If you can’t beat ‘em, join 'em. Literally. Event companies and travel organizers have been circling around the conundrum of the sharing economy...more >>


Article | September 9, 2015
L.A. Faces Changes in Sports Planning Landscape for Olympic Bid   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The last time Los Angeles bid to host the Olympics, the term ‘sports tourism’ meant going to the Super Bowl. A sports commission was defined as...more >>


Article | September 9, 2015
Death at the Ballpark: Will Youth Sports Have Precautions Too?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The headlines shouted it. The bloggers posted it. The players tweeted it. Nobody disagreed that baseball stadiums needed to be built with more...more >>


Article | September 9, 2015
Security Changes Coming to Rail Transit?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Rail is often known as the civilized way to travel, and the fact that TSA isn’t involved is one of its charms. Actually, let’s be honest: the...more >>


Article | August 26, 2015
The Wildwood Games   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Make the most of what you have – and do it in a big way. Columbia County, Georgia, invented and branded The Wildwood Games, and invited athletes to...more >>


Article | August 26, 2015
What You Need for Your Next Event: New Places, New Faces   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Going new places and learning new things – isn’t that on everyone’s bucket list? How about if Sports Destination Management gives you a hand in...more >>


Article | August 26, 2015
FCC Cracks Down on Users Who Block Wi-Fi Access in Sports Venues   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

First Marriott, now the world. With less than a year since the Federal Communications Commission smacked down the giant hotel chain for its attempt...more >>


Article | August 26, 2015
Cities Jumping on the Sports Tourism Bandwagon: Too Much, Too Soon?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

There’s no doubt that more kids are playing sports than ever. There’s also no doubt that the sports tourism market is booming. The problem is...more >>


Article | August 26, 2015
Ahead of Olympic Selection, Potential New Sports Rev Up the Spin Cycle   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Eight sports are fighting for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Eight sport federations have met with Japanese organizers to state their case....more >>


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