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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

  • Maryland wants to know if problem gambling increased amid casino growth

    Maryland wants to know if problem gambling increased amid casino growth

    The state wants to know whether the rapid expansion of casinos in the past five years has led to an increase in problem gamblers. With five Maryland casinos and a sixth on the way, state-funded researchers said this week that they are preparing a survey to gauge how many people cannot control their...

  • Maryland Live says MGM hired employees with high-roller lists

    Maryland Live says MGM hired employees with high-roller lists

    Maryland Live casino has accused MGM National Harbor — its soon-to-open rival on the Potomac — of hiring former Maryland Live hosts who allegedly improperly collected and retained names and contact information from their ex-employer's private database of "high rollers." The three hosts "misappropriated...

  • Jordan Spieth wore golf shoe with sensor technology

    Jordan Spieth wore golf shoe with sensor technology

    In March, Jordan Spieth launched Under Armour’s first line of golf shoes. At the U.S. Open last month, Spieth and Under Armour tried something a little different -- a “smart’ shoe with sensor technology. “When it comes to daily activity, Jordan could not wear a wearable device (UA Band) on the...

  • Bryce Harper greets surprised guest at Under Armour store

    Bryce Harper greets surprised guest at Under Armour store

    Kaylan King knew she was going to meet Bryce Harper at Nationals Park. The meeting was set up as part of ESPN’s “My Wish” series. But King, a softball player from Gaithersburg with a kidney disorder, didn’t know that Harper, her favorite ballplayer, would be waiting for her at an Under Armour outlet...

  • Pundits debate effect of Kevin Durant signing on Under Armour

    Pundits debate effect of Kevin Durant signing on Under Armour

    Stephen Curry is Under Armour’s shining basketball star, the man most responsible for the brand’s rising shoe sales. Sales in footwear, an increasingly important Under Armour category, rose more than 60 percent to $264 million in the first quarter of 2016. Next season, the composition of Curry’s...

  • Under Armour endorser Misty Copeland gets new star turn in Disney film

    Under Armour endorser Misty Copeland gets new star turn in Disney film

    Under Armour's women's apparel category reached $1 billion in sales last year and ballerina Misty Copeland was a big part of that. The American Ballet Theatre's principal dancer is featured in the "I Will What I Want" campaign, designed to attract women to the brand and continue to push women's...

  • Comptroller proposes daily fantasy sports rules as doubts about games' legality persist

    Comptroller proposes daily fantasy sports rules as doubts about games' legality persist

    Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot proposed a series of rules and restrictions Thursday designed to ensure daily fantasy sports are operated fairly in Maryland, even as renewed doubt was cast about the games' legality under state law. The new regulations — the first in Maryland — include restricting...

  • Racing commission approves Rosecroft sale

    Racing commission approves Rosecroft sale

    The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday approved the sale of Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County to the Stronach Group, which said it hopes to grow its brand and standardbred racing in the state. With the purchase from Penn National Gaming, Stronach will add to a collection of Maryland...

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