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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5:22 am
Mon June 16, 2014

U.S. World Cup Team To Take The Field Against Ghana

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 9:45 am

After months of analysis about America's chances in Brazil, it's time for the U.S. men's soccer team to play. Monday's game against Ghana begins a U.S. campaign through the so-called group of death.

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5:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Brazil Gets World Cup Started With 3-1 Win Over Croatia

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:29 am

The 2014 World Cup is officially underway. Before the opening game, there were several protests around the country. But the revelry and excitement after the match captured the most attention.

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5:31 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Brazil And Croatia Open World Cup Play On The Pitch

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:43 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.

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5:12 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Brazil's Team Favored To Win Problem-Ridden World Cup

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 4:19 pm

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6:31 am
Mon June 9, 2014

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

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 1:07 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
5:47 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.
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Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 7:45 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
7:06 am
Thu June 5, 2014

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

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 12:40 pm

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4:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Clippers Sale Claims Attention As NBA Inches Toward Finals Rematch

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 7:25 pm

The Eastern and Western Conference finals are underway in the NBA, and the Miami Heat are just one win away from heading to the league finals for the third straight time. Meanwhile, the league has announced its agreement with Shelly Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. NPR's Tom Goldman talks to host Robert Siegel about the latest NBA news

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4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Apology, Defense And Defiance: The Sterlings Speak Out

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 1:21 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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Sports
6:13 am
Thu May 8, 2014

NFL Draft To Begin, Houston Texans Have No. 1 Pick

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 7:58 am

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Tonight kicks off one of the biggest events on the NFL calendar, but there will be not one tackle made or touchdown thrown at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Instead, just a guy in a suit, stepping up to a microphone every few minutes and saying the name of a college football player soon to be a professional football player. It is the start of the annual NFL draft, which will stretch into the weekend. And depending on your point of view, it's either Christmas in May, or an over-hyped non-event.

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Sports
5:06 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Sterling Expected To Fight Forced Sale Of LA Clippers

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 2:52 pm

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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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4:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Donald Sterling Banned For Life From NBA, Fined $2.5 Million

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:40 pm

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned for life from the league. The decision, coupled with a $2.5 million fine, comes in the wake of Sterling's racist remarks.

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6:51 am
Tue April 29, 2014

NBA To Address Racial Rant Allegedly Made By Clippers Owner

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

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The NBA has scheduled a big announcement for this afternoon. They'll address the allegations against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. He's accused of going on a racist rant, all caught on an audio tape made public Friday. The situation has infuriated people in the NBA and also elsewhere. It's certainly become a major distraction for the Clippers, who are trying to focus on basketball.

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4:37 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

NBA Weighs Penalties After Sterling's Alleged Race Remarks Surface

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:18 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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5:06 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Northwestern Players To Vote On Historic Union Question

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 8:09 am

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4:53 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:17 pm

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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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Sports
5:19 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Kentucky Wildcats To Play UConn Huskies In NCAA Final

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK, it's championship week in Division 1 college basketball. Kentucky plays Connecticut tonight for the men's title. And tomorrow, two undefeated teams play for the women's championship. They are Connecticut and Notre Dame.

NPR's Tom Goldman is in Dallas, he's on the line. Hi, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hiya, Steve.

INSKEEP: OK, so Kentucky got to the championship game by winning by a single point over Wisconsin, which is how they've won a lot of games. Can we expect another close one tonight?

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11:22 am
Sun April 6, 2014

UConn To Face Kentucky In NCAA Final

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 1:49 pm

The matchup is set for Monday's men's NCAA basketball championship. The Connecticut Huskies will take on the Kentucky Wildcats.

Sports
5:08 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Labor Ruling May Be Tipping Point For College Sports

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:53 am

Last week, a National Labor Relations Board ruling gave football players at Northwestern University the right to unionize. Northwestern is challenging the decision. The NCAA supports the appeal.

Sports
4:37 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Freshmen Wildcats Step Easily Into Storied Tradition

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:08 pm

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It is the last day of March, but there's still another weekend of March Madness to come. Four teams gather in Dallas this weekend for the Final Four. If you go strictly by seeding, the University of Kentucky is the longest shot to win the men's college basketball title. In fact, though, the eighth-seeded Wildcats suddenly are a very hot favorite after yesterday's thrilling win over Michigan in the Elite Eight.

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5:59 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Kentucky Ends Wichita State's Unbeaten Season

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:25 pm

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5:43 am
Fri March 21, 2014

A Day Of Upsets In College Basketball

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:45 am

Thursday was a day of buzzer-beating shots and nail-biting overtime wins. Much of it happened at the NCAA tournament site in Spokane, Wash.

Sports
4:47 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Watch To Watch For As March Madness Begins

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:20 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now on to college basketball. Today is the first full day of play in the NCAA Men's Division I basketball tournament. There are 16 games on the schedule coast to coast, from sites in Orlando to Spokane, Washington, where NPR's Tom Goldman has set up camp.

Hey there, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hey, Audie. How are you doing?

CORNISH: So let's talk about upsets. Over the years, lots of upsets between number five and number 12 seeds. And today was no different. Talk about this Harvard- Cincinnati game.

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5:08 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Major League Baseball Seeks To Score International Fans

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 10:28 am

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The Major League Baseball season begins Saturday, but it maybe just diehards watching the opening game live from Sydney, Australia. It starts at 1 AM Pacific Time. The L.A. Dodgers play the and Arizona Diamondbacks. And then our, beer and peanuts may be for some - I don't know, caffeine might be better for others. The National League rivals are playing a two-game Opening Series down under.

NPR's Tom Goldman reports on baseball's latest attempt to win over international hearts and minds.

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Around the Nation
7:45 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Drought Closes Oregon Resort Before The Season Even Opens

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 2:03 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. This was supposed to be a special year for the Mount Ashland ski area in Southern Oregon as it celebrated its 50th anniversary. But after a long drought this summer, Mount Ashland had to call it a season early. Yesterday, it declared slope season was over due to a lack of snow. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

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5:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Jason Collins Joins Nets, Is NBA's First Openly Gay Player

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:34 am

Jason Collins signed with the NBA's Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. With the deal, he becomes, not only the NBA's first gay player, but the first openly gay athlete active in U.S. major professional sports.

Sports
5:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NBA Teams Take A Break For The All-Star Game

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:18 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

There have actually been some sports going on in the world that don't require a triple axel or a backside air 1080 - although sometimes it seems like Lebron James nails both on the basketball court. James and his NBA brethren have been hard at work during the Winter Olympics, but now they're taking their annual break for the All-Star game.

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3:26 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much

A West Coast team player kicks the ball during a match at the Adidas Challenges America's Youth Soccer Stars tournament in Venice, Calif.
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Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 9:27 am

Jack Everett sat on his living room couch wearing a back brace, eyes glued to a massive TV set playing his favorite video game, NHL 2013.

"I'm the Boston Bruins," the 10-year-old said as he deftly worked the video controls. "The guy that just shot was Milan Lucic. He's a really good guy on our team."

Whether at home or during recess at his elementary school in suburban Los Angeles, Jack's young life now is about sitting still.

"Well, I can eat lunch with friends, and I play cards," Jack says. But his classmates are out running and jumping outside.

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5:02 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Ridge Of High Pressure Blocks Snow From Oregon Ski Resort

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 7:24 am

Throughout the West, bone dry conditions are exacting a toll on places that rely on water to thrive. In southern Oregon, recreation plays an important role in the region's economy. The ongoing drought is drying up streams where fishing once was plentiful and it's left ski resorts wanting for snow.

Sports
3:32 am
Mon January 20, 2014

U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team

Kris Freeman, skiiing here for the U.S. team in 2011, during the Winter Games NZ, was cut from the U.S. Ski team before the upcoming Sochi Olympic Games. Freeman has had to train without their support and still hopes to qualify to compete in Russia.
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Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:57 pm

The U.S. Olympic team is taking shape in the run-up to next month's Winter Games in Russia. This week, the Olympic cross-country ski team names the athletes who'll be going to Sochi, and veteran Kris Freeman is vying for another spot.

The 33-year-old Freeman already has been to three Olympic Games, and he's considered the country's best long distance racer over the past decade.

All that despite the fact that he has diabetes.

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