Tom Goldman

Tom Goldman is NPR's sports correspondent. His reports can be heard throughout NPR's news programming, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and NPR.org.

With a beat covering the entire world of professional sports, both in and outside of the United States, Goldman reporting covers the broad spectrum of athletics from the people to the business of athletics.

During his more than 20 years with NPR, Goldman has covered every major athletic competition including the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, golf and tennis championships, and the Olympic Games.

His pieces are diverse and include both perspective and context. Goldman often explores people's motivations for doing what they do, whether it's solo sailing around the world or pursuing a gold medal. In his reporting, Goldman searches for the stories about the inspirational and relatable amateur and professional athletes.

Goldman contributed to NPR's 2009 Edward R. Murrow award for his coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and to a 2010 Murrow award for contribution to a series on high school football, "Friday Night Lives." Earlier in his career, Goldman's piece about Native American basketball players earned a 2004 Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award from the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University and a 2004 Unity Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

In January 1990, Goldman came to NPR to work as an associate producer for sports with Morning Edition. For the next seven years he reported, edited and produced stories and programs. In June 1997, he became NPR's first full time sports correspondent.

For five years before NPR, Goldman worked as a news reporter and then news director in local public radio. In 1984, he spent a year living on an Israeli kibbutz. Two years prior he took his first professional job in radio in Anchorage, Alaska, at the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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7:22 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn?

Brazil fans on Copacabana Beach were subdued during the third-place game against the Netherlands on Saturday. The national team gave them little to cheer about.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 11:09 am

Copacabana Beach is supposed to be fun, but it wasn't Saturday night, after the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third-place game.

That loss came on the heels of the 7-1 drubbing by Germany earlier in the week. It's the first time since 1940 that Brazil has lost consecutive home games, prompting calls for change in a country long associated with soccer splendor.

Sunday's championship match pits Germany against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. But for Brazilian fans, the tournament that began a month ago with so much hope for the host country has ended with a thud.

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Sports
4:06 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Brazil Wakes Up To Find Tuesday's Nightmare Was Not A Dream

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:46 am

Host country Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in epic fashion: Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 during the semifinal match. Brazilians are wondering how their beloved team could be so pulverized.

Sports
3:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Continental Rivals Take Spotlight In World Cup Quarters

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 5:27 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

In Brazil, tears of joy and relief as the World Cup home team won its quarterfinal against Colombia.

(CHEERING)

SIEGEL: Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in a hard-fought game between the two South American neighbors, but as we'll hear, it was a costly victory. An earlier game today - Germany defeated France 1-nothing to move on to the World Cup final four. NPR's Tom Goldman is in Rio de Janeiro, and he joins us now. And, Tom, first of all, Brazil won. But in a way, it also lost. Tell us about that.

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Sports
4:05 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Belgium Ends U.S. Team's World Cup Hopes

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:09 pm

The U.S. men's soccer team is out of the World Cup. For 90 minutes, the score was tied at 0-0, but the team lost in extra time to Belgium on Tuesday, 2-1.

Sports
4:35 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Despite Losing To Germany, U.S. Advances In World Cup

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:59 am

The U.S. men's soccer team moves on to the World Cup's round of 16. They lost to Germany, but advance because Portugal beat Ghana. The team will get to rest a bit before playing Belgium on Tuesday.

Latin America
4:36 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed?

The $300 million Arena de Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, is hosting four games of the World Cup. Some say the country should have spent their money on more important things.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 5:19 pm

The U.S. plays Portugal in a key World Cup match on Sunday, and it is in the tournament's most exotic locale: Manaus.

Manaus is a teeming city of nearly 2 million in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. But it's not some remote outpost; it's the sixth richest city in Brazil, thanks to its Free Trade Zone designation bringing big business like Nokia, Honda and Harley-Davidson.

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Sports
4:31 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Brazil And Croatia Open World Cup Play On The Pitch

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:43 pm

Brazil and Croatia face off in the first game of the 2014 World Cup. Organizers hope the start of the tournament directs attention back on the field and away from the problems in preparation.

Sports
7:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Braces For World Cup Challenges

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 12:07 pm

The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil. The U.S. team has its first match against Ghana the following week, the start of the so called "group of death."

Sports
4:47 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

A Campaign To Bring Back 'America's Distance': The 1-Mile Race

Jim Ryun becomes the first high-schooler to break the four-minute-mile record, with a run of 3:59 in 1964. He went on to break the record three more times while in high school.
Gary Estes MCT/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 6:45 pm

Fifty years ago this week, teenager Jim Ryun of Wichita, Kan., ran a mile in under four minutes, the first high school boy to break the mythical barrier. But in the past few decades, the mile as a racing distance has fallen out of favor.

Ryan Lamppa is trying to bring it back.

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Sports
6:06 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Miami Heat Aims To Win Legacy-Defining 3rd Straight NBA Title

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:40 am

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3:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Apology, Defense And Defiance: The Sterlings Speak Out

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:21 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. The LA Clippers pulled off a comeback victory last night to tie up their playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but that's not the Clippers conversation of the day. That conversation centers on Donald Sterling, the now-banned Clippers owner. He has broken his silence.

In a CNN interview, Sterling apologized for racist remarks that emerged on an audio tape. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

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4:06 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Sterling Expected To Fight Forced Sale Of LA Clippers

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 1:52 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Donald Sterling case is far from over. Yes, the NBA has banned the L.A. Clippers' owner for life and the pro-basketball playoffs have continued. But Sterling has not revealed what he will do after being banned from the league for making racist remarks. He is expected to fight the forced sale of his team and that could have significant consequences.

NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

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Sports
3:37 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

NBA Weighs Penalties After Sterling's Alleged Race Remarks Surface

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:18 pm

Controversy is swirling around racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The NBA is exploring its potential responses as it investigates the allegations.

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4:06 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Northwestern Players To Vote On Historic Union Question

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It is an historic day at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Seventy-six scholarship football players are eligible to vote on whether or not to form the first labor union for college athletes.

Today's vote was set up by a National Labor Relations Board ruling last month that said players qualified as employees of the university, giving them the right to unionize.

NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins us now to help us sort this out. Tom, good morning.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello.

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News
3:53 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 6:17 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

Today, the NCAA announced what could be major changes in the way it operates. Among those potential changes, more autonomy for the five wealthiest Division 1 conferences and more benefits for student athletes. The board of directors endorsed the moves today at their headquarters in Indianapolis. Final approval could come in August, when the board meets next.

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