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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

  • Cincinnati Bearcats join roster of Under Armour teams
    Cincinnati Bearcats join roster of Under Armour teams

    Under Armour continued to compile new collegiate partnerships, signing an agreement with the University of Cincinnati athletics department to become the official outfitter of Bearcats teams.

  • Aberdeen IronBirds stadium to get new name
    Aberdeen IronBirds stadium to get new name

    Ripken Baseball said Monday it has reached an agreement to grant naming rights for Ripken Stadium — home of the minor-league Aberdeen IronBirds — to Leidos, a large national security contractor.

  • Card counters, casinos battle to tilt the odds
    Card counters, casinos battle to tilt the odds

    The Montgomery County mortgage lender arrived at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore with money clips holding 50 neatly folded $100 bills. But after the player spent 80 minutes at a blackjack table, a shift manager approached, told him politely but firmly that the casino didn't want his business, and...

  • MGM casino to open in second half of 2016
    MGM casino to open in second half of 2016

    Seven months after the opening of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, elected officials gathered to celebrate a milestone in the construction of a large new casino in Prince George's County that Gov. Larry Hogan called "one of the most important economic development projects in Maryland history."

  • Ukrainian officer is rare foreign patient at Walter Reed
    Ukrainian officer is rare foreign patient at Walter Reed

    The Ukrainian colonel's journey to Maryland began on a hilltop a few miles from the Russian border, artillery shells crashing down all around him.

  • NCAA faces empty seats at women's basketball tournament
    NCAA faces empty seats at women's basketball tournament

    University of Maryland sophomore Lexie Brown has visited dozens of basketball arenas but had never experienced a din like the one created by 14,000 bellowing, stomping, red-and-black-clad Louisville Cardinals fans who "made their floor shake" during an NCAA tournament game last season.

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