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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 40 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 | August 12, 2015
E-Sports Seeing Explosive Growth in the Events Market   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

E-gaming, where teams (or individual players) battle one another in the virtual worlds of popular video games, are on the rise, and event organizers...more >>


Article | August 12, 2015
Ultimate Expected to Soar in Popularity Following Acceptance by IOC   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s a long way from a bunch of high school students tossing a Frisbee around to having that game gain acceptance on the Olympic level, but the...more >>


Article | August 11, 2015
Just Add Sun: Ski Resorts Cash In On Blizzard of Summer Sports Tourism   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

With its mud pits, cargo nets, rock climbing and rope swings, Montana’s Big Sky Resort looked very little like a ski area. Of course, it was July....more >>


Article | August 11, 2015
The Game Changer: Mixed Duet in Synchronized Swimming   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Synchronized swimming, with its jargon including sculling, flamingo and crane, is not a language everyone in the sports world speaks. But here’s...more >>


Article | August 11, 2015
Soccer Pulling in the Crowds in the U.S.   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

As the FIFA scandal continues to fester, the U.S. is watching from a front-row seat, having a vested interest in the 2026 World Cup (if not the 2018...more >>


Article | August 10, 2015
Michigan International Speedway Invests in Safety for Weekend Race   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Drive fast. Turn left. And be grateful for that new safety wall. Michigan International Speedway announced it will be extending the exiting wall in...more >>


Article | August 6, 2015
Fantasy Football Convention Threatening NFL Over Cancellation   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The NFL threw a flag, declared athletes out of bounds, and the stadium is still ringing with boos. At least that’s how it shapes up on the field of...more >>


Article | August 6, 2015
The Middle East: The Next International Sports Destination?   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It’s probably not going to be the hot destination for Little League any time soon. On the other hand, it is the hot (so to speak) location of the...more >>


Article | August 6, 2015
Golf Course Renovations Continue to Rise   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The upswing in golf course renovations across the United States has continued as the calendar turns to the “back nine” of 2015. Members of the...more >>


Article | August 6, 2015
FIFA Scandal Spills Over to San Francisco, Cancelling Friendly   

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

And we thought the FIFA scandal was on the back burner. A friendly between Brazil and Argentina scheduled for San Francisco in September has been...more >>


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