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

  • Ripken’s hometown dispute concerns, puzzles Aberdeen residents and him

    Ripken’s hometown dispute concerns, puzzles Aberdeen residents and him

    Cal Ripken Jr. says an escalating dispute with Aberdeen officials has led to “misperceptions in the community” where the baseball Hall of Famer was born and remains a local icon. The dispute began as a discussion over who should manage weddings, proms, fundraisers and other non-baseball events at...

  • Michael Phelps partners with Crystal Lagoons

    Michael Phelps partners with Crystal Lagoons

    Michael Phelps is partnering with Crystal Lagoons, an international firm that makes large water amenities — essentially giant pools — for swimming, water sports and other uses. The Olympic swimming icon’s title with the company is “official world ambassador,” according to the firm’s website. Crystal...

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