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's challenge: reaching women

    Under Armour's challenge: reaching women

    After a second consecutive quarter of losses, Under Armour is talking again about remaking itself from a predominantly men’s brand into a business with broad appeal across all categories of consumers. And CEO Kevin Plank has identified its women’s lines as particularly promising opportunities for...

  • Five minutes with ... Maryland Lottery chief Gordon Medenica

    Five minutes with ... Maryland Lottery chief Gordon Medenica

    Like other employees in his agency, Maryland lottery director Gordon Medenica isn’t permitted to play state lottery games. But, in a sense, he is playing the odds. Medenica’s calculations aren’t about trying to win the Pick 4 or a scratch-off game. Rather, he’s often examining statistics and trends...

  • Under Armour cutting about 280 jobs, launching restructuring plan

    Under Armour cutting about 280 jobs, launching restructuring plan

    After years of rapid growth, Under Armour reported its second straight quarterly loss Tuesday and said it was cutting about 280 jobs — 2 percent of its global workforce — as part of a restructuring to adapt to changes in the market. About half the layoffs — some 140 — were effective immediately...

  • Curry, Irving trips illustrate importance of Asia market for Under Armour, Nike

    Curry, Irving trips illustrate importance of Asia market for Under Armour, Nike

    NBA star Stephen Curry was in Beijing on July 22 and 23. Rival star Kyrie Irving was in the China capital the next day, according to their schedules. The timing was coincidental but their trips shared a common goal — to promote basketball and their respective sports brands in Asia. Curry, whose...

  • Fair Hill recommended to host large international equestrian event

    Fair Hill recommended to host large international equestrian event

    The U.S. Equestrian Federation’s board of directors have chosen Maryland’s Fair Hill over a competing site in Virginia to permanently host an annual international event of jumping, cross country and dressage. The board made the decision Monday night to recommend Fair Hill over the other finalist,...

  • Five Minutes with ... Tony Brusco, CEO of South Mountain Creamery

    Five Minutes with ... Tony Brusco, CEO of South Mountain Creamery

    Grocery delivery services are becoming increasingly popular — this is, after all, the on-demand age. But Tony Brusco said the growth of his Middletown-based farm-to-home company is also tapping into something else. “There’s a certain sense of feeling good about the food you’re getting when you...

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