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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

  • 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...

  • President of state's venture capital fund resigns

    President of state's venture capital fund resigns

    Maryland Technology Development Corp., which provides start-ups in the state with investments and mentoring, is searching for a new leader after the resignation of its president and executive director, Robert A. Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum, who served for more than five years, is leaving TEDCO to pursue...

  • Cam Newton to debut $500 gold cleats at Super Bowl if named NFL MVP

    Cam Newton to debut $500 gold cleats at Super Bowl if named NFL MVP

    If Cam Newton wins the NFL MVP award on Feb. 6, the style-conscious quarterback will debut gold cleats at the Super Bowl, according to Under Armour, which will sell 50 pairs for $500 apiece. The cleats will be autographed and sold on the website of the Baltimore-based athletic apparel and footwear...

  • Cam Newton delivers Super Bowl appearance for Under Armour

    Cam Newton delivers Super Bowl appearance for Under Armour

    Sunday's National Football Conference championship game hadn't started yet, but on the field the Cam Newton show already was rolling. As usual, the Carolina Panthers quarterback had found a way to enliven pregame warm-ups, displaying the names of his teammates in blue lettering across his striking,...

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