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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 | February 17, 2015
Reno of Miami Beach Convention Center Stalls Out Again   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Miami may get a renovated convention center someday. Just not any time soon. In the latest chapter of a plotline worthy of a soap opera, the Miami...more >>


Article | February 17, 2015
Cuba: The New Sports Destination?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

When more than two dozen elite American triathletes competed in La Habana Triathlon last month, it marked the first time U.S. triathletes had...more >>


Article | February 16, 2015
FAA: Drone On   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Is the Goodyear Blimp – a longtime presence at big-name sports events – about to become as much of a flying dinosaur as the pterodactyl? It is...more >>


Article | February 12, 2015
Making a Splash: Men and Women to Compete in Synchronized Swimming   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The historically female sport of synchronized swimming is getting an injection of testosterone. With FINA’s recent decision to add mixed-gender...more >>


Article | February 11, 2015
Bracket Racket: March Madness and the Productivity Drain   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With March Madness comes economic impact across the nation. Only in this case, we're not talking about the income from room nights, airfare,...more >>


Article | February 11, 2015
Is NFL’s Appointment of New Health and Medical Advisor a Band-Aid Fix?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With much fanfare, the NFL made an announcement that it has appointed Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Dr. Elizabeth Nabel as its first chief...more >>


Article | February 3, 2015
Measles: Could it Hit the Sports Travel Industry?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

First, mumps was threatening to put the NHL on ice. Now, it’s another childhood disease, measles, that is making a comeback, as a result of...more >>


Article | February 3, 2015
Update: Marriott Slinks Away from Wi-Fi Fight   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Marriott International and the FCC locked horns in an argument over the hotel’s practice of blocking free wi-fi access on parts of its properties....more >>


Article | January 30, 2015
Industry Pioneers : A Reflection on the Growth of the Sports Event   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The old saying, of course, is “Every picture tells a story.” Sometimes, though, getting the story means talking to someone in the picture.


Article | January 22, 2015
Study: Cost of Sports Keeps Sidelining Kids   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, really. A recent study shows the ever-increasing cost of sports participation keeps many parents from enrolling...more >>


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