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The Baltimore Sun

Jeff Barker

Writer

Jeff Barker writes about sports business and issues, casino gambling and, occasionally, politics. Since joining The Sun from the Arizona Republic’s Washington bureau in 2000, he has covered state politics, congressional steroids hearings, the Beltway sniper attacks and Terps basketball and football. He could never decide if he should cover news or sports, so he did both and enjoys writing hybrids of the two.

Recent Articles

  • Cam Newton sported gold Under Armour 'MVP' cleats at Super Bowl pregame

    Cam Newton sported gold Under Armour 'MVP' cleats at Super Bowl pregame

    Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers didn’t win the Super Bowl, but the quarterback did debut his limited-edition, Under Armour-designed gold cleats during pregame warm-ups. The cleats had "MVP" in bold lettering across the front, reflecting his being awarded the regular-season most valuable player award...

  • Group tries to spread kindness in rattled Fells Point

    Group tries to spread kindness in rattled Fells Point

    The timing was unintentional. On the weekend that a triple shooting and a violent car crash rattled Fells Point, a band of colorfully dressed activists set out to see if delivering balloons and cheerful aphorisms to strangers could brighten the neighborhood's mood. As planned before the weekend...

  • Washington suburbs dominated record Powerball drawing sales

    Washington suburbs dominated record Powerball drawing sales

    A beer and wine store in Montgomery County sold the most tickets of any of Maryland's 4,481 lottery retailers during the Powerball roll that ended with a record jackpot, according to state records. Retailers in the Washington suburbs dominated state sales as players sought a share of a jackpot...

  • Big Ten Network working to win over Maryland fans

    Big Ten Network working to win over Maryland fans

    Eighteen months after the University of Maryland's jump to the Big Ten, the conference's television network is trying to make Terps fans feel more at home in their sprawling new neighborhood — an Illinois-based league with deep Midwestern roots. "No one is expecting it to happen overnight," said...

  • Casinos weather the winter storm; revenues are modestly up

    Casinos weather the winter storm; revenues are modestly up

    Maryland's casinos reported another month of revenue gains in January, but the increases were slowed by the recent weekend snowstorm, according to figures released Friday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Revenue from the five casinos totaled $88.3 million, a 4 percent increase...

  • Cole Field House seats, lockers, signs go up for sale

    Cole Field House seats, lockers, signs go up for sale

    Cole Field House hasn't been the University of Maryland's basketball teams' home since 2002. But it never went away. For years, the building has been used for intramural sports and other student recreational activities. But now that 60-year-old Cole is being transformed into a $155 million athletics...

  • Under Armour makes warmup suits for Dunbar hoops team -- from 1983

    Under Armour makes warmup suits for Dunbar hoops team -- from 1983

    Under Armour didn’t exist yet in 1983. But no matter. The fitness apparel and footwear company, which was founded in 1996, presumably used a little imagination to design warmup suits for a reunion of 1981-83 Dunbar basketball players. Those Dunbar teams are considered among the best high school...

  • IRS phone service has left taxpayers on hold

    IRS phone service has left taxpayers on hold

    The Internal Revenue Service, which saw its workforce dwindle steadily from 2010 to 2015, says a modest budget increase has left it better equipped to respond to the tens of millions of Americans expected to call with questions during the just-opened tax season. But compared to what? The bar could...

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