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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6:38am

Tue September 9, 2014
Sports

Baltimore Ravens Cut Ray Rice After New Video Surfaces

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 8:11 am

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8:00am

Sun September 7, 2014
Sports

Phoenix Mercury And Chicago Sky Meet In WNBA Finals

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:20 am

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4:14pm

Thu September 4, 2014
Sports

Gridiron Tech Tags Players, Delving Deeper Into The Game's Data

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 6:51 pm

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6:08am

Thu August 28, 2014
Sports

There's Something New This College Football Season: Playoffs

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:20 am

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5:07am

Thu August 21, 2014
Sports

Female Pitcher Mo'Ne Davis Is A Hit At Little League World Series

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:07 pm

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4:09pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Sports

NCAA Ruling Heralds A New, And Murky, Era

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:35 pm

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11:15am

Fri August 8, 2014
Sports

With 50 Games Left Till Playoffs, Few MLB Teams Out Of Contention

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5:17am

Thu August 7, 2014
Sports

NCAA Vote Could Boost Student-Athletes' Benefits, Big Schools' Power

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 12:46 pm

NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at an April 6 news conference in Arlington, Texas.
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Major college sports programs could take a significant step today toward sharing their wealth with the student-athletes whose performances help line their coffers.

The NCAA Board of Directors is expected to vote this afternoon on a plan to restructure Division I athletics, which would give the five biggest athletic conferences autonomy in making certain rules and provide so-called enhanced benefits to student-athletes.

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5:17am

Mon July 14, 2014
Sports

Late-Game Goal Gives Germany World Cup Win Over Argentina

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:34 pm

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That's the sound of celebration on a Berlin street last night after Germany celebrated its 1-0 win over Argentina. The World Cup final yesterday in Brazil was bloody, physical, a defensive struggle. And as the game was played, there was political violence outside the stadium. We'll hear about that in a moment. But let's talk about the game first with NPR's Tom Goldman. Hi, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Steve.

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8:22am

Sun July 13, 2014
Sports

Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn?

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 12:09 pm

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.
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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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