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

  • Under Armour to use drones to promote new Curry 4 shoes

    Under Armour to use drones to promote new Curry 4 shoes

    In the Instagram post, a drone flies low over a community, dangling a small shipment. “Curry4," reads the white lettering overlay. “Drone Drop.” With the teaser video, Under Armour is giving special treatment to its release of a new colorway of Stephen Curry’s latest basketball shoe. The company...

  • MGM National Harbor leads state casinos in revenue; Ocean Downs prepares for table games

    MGM National Harbor leads state casinos in revenue; Ocean Downs prepares for table games

    MGM National Harbor topped $50 million in monthly revenue for the seventh time in November and three Maryland casinos reported revenue increases — including Ocean Downs, which is undergoing an expansion and wants to add table gaming. Overall, the six casinos generated $130.5 million — an increase...

  • Ravens, NFL scramble as fans stay home

    Ravens, NFL scramble as fans stay home

    It seems paradoxical: The Ravens, who have sold out every home game since they arrived in Baltimore in 1996, are advertising tickets for Sunday’s contest at M&T Bank Stadium. But this is where the Ravens find themselves in 2017: Contemplating the prospect of empty seats, and appealing to fans to...

  • Christmas tree lots say supply is fine after scramble over shortages

    Christmas tree lots say supply is fine after scramble over shortages

    Like Santa’s elves, Christmas tree retailers begin planning months in advance of the holiday season. And as local Christmas tree lot owners reached out to growers last summer to lock in supplies, many learned of a possible holiday headache — a shortage of trees, particularly from leading producers...

  • Fantasy sports operators crowd growing Maryland market

    Fantasy sports operators crowd growing Maryland market

    Nearly a dozen daily fantasy sports operators have registered to do business in Maryland, crowding the field in a state that has not clarified its intentions on a pastime whose popularity among sports fans has grown dramatically in recent years. The Office of the Maryland Attorney General has opined...

  • Kevin Plank tells financial commentator he was not ‘laser-focused' on Under Armour but is now

    Kevin Plank tells financial commentator he was not ‘laser-focused' on Under Armour but is now

    It started when Kevin Plank sent financial commentator Jim Cramer a bottle of rye whiskey from the Sagamore Spirit distillery named for the Baltimore County horse farm that the Under Armour CEO also owns. "I sent back a note saying: 'I thought you were making Under Armour,’” Cramer told TheStreet.com,...

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