The New England Revolution Academy and similar programs run by other teams in Major League Soccer represent a seismic shift in the way American's approach the world’s most popular game.
On Kid Nation Day, we go back to 1999 when the cast of the popular WGBH kids program got the chance to perform the national anthem on the field. Watch their performance and find out where some of them are now.
Jean Shepherd, New York radio icon and a diehard Chicago White Sox fan, offers up a bittersweet song of praise for Boston’s great ballpark.
Known to Boston sports fans as the Voice of Fenway, Red Sox announcer Carl Beane died this month at 59. We remember him with a few of his appearances on WGBH.
No matter how happy they seem in public, one local sports reporter has seen plenty of dark undercurrents once they get home.
His luve's like a green, green monster ... Dick Flavin, the official poet laureate of Fenway Park, talks about the creative inspiration he finds in baseball and reads his special centennial verse.
Danielle Dreilinger, author and web producer for WGBH.org, shares her memory of conversion from New York-bred Yankees fan to a die-hard member of the Red Sox Nation, and the effect it's had on her loved ones.
In 1967 Katherine Switzer helped to change the course of women's athletic history, much to the dismay of men who favored the status quo. Her brave move cleared a path and made her a lifelong advocate for women in sports.
One year ago, everyone forecast a banner year for the Sox. Now, everyone's gloomy. But perhaps the pendulum of public opinion's swung too far?
Do hockey players really get special treatment at Boston University? Some students and experts say the reputation is deserved.
Every year, hope and baseball both spring anew. As spring training gets underway, Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino talks about new skipper Bobby Valentine, Jason Varitek's future and being an underdog.
Two decades ago, John “The Quiet Man” Ruiz emerged from the Somerville Boxing Club to fighting fame. Now reopened, the club, a haven for inner-city youth, may have another champion in 16-year-old Rashida Ellis.
Some unexpected data came out of WGBH News' Super Bowl biosensor experiment that could advance a researcher's work on addiction.
The Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in U.S. history — but for geeks, the excitement was online, with NBC's first-ever web stream. How did the experience measure up?
As sports fans watched the Patriots-Giants Super Bowl in record numbers, Indianapolis police, taxi drivers and private security were keeping a close eye on venues where trafficking might take place.
Did the high-stress Super Bowl make your heart pound? During the game, we strapped biosensors on fans to learn about the state of mobile-phone health technology.
Would you rather win and be hated, or lose and be loved? The country of football fans is standing as one against New England for the Super Bowl this year, said sportscaster Bob Lobel.
This weekend, the country's top figure skaters tested their merit at the U.S. Nationals in San Jose. But next year, one pair may be competing in a very different place. Hear their big plan and watch them perform.
"Voice of Fenway" Carl Beane thinks the predictions of a Pats win might be right on the money.
Remember that other sport? With only a month to go before spring training starts, veteran infielder Kevin Youkilis reflects on the team's new manager and prospects for 2012.
Another man has joined the list of Red Sox attendants who say they were molested by deceased club manager Donald Fitzpatrick.
Boston mayor Tom Menino has weighed in on the penalty that cost Cathedral High School its shot at a state football title. He thinks the call was wrong and wants to take the team to lunch to celebrate its season. What's your call?
Cathedral High quarterback Matthew Owen raised his arm as he was about to cross into the end zone in the 4A State Super Bowl. A referee said he broke the sportsmanship rules. Has the Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association gone too far?
Tommy Lasorda has told the AP that the Boston Red Sox have picked Bobby Valentine to be their next manager.
It can be hard for Bostonians to understand the loyalty to now-departed Penn. State coach Joe Paterno, in an area where college football is a religion — until they think about the abuse scandal in the Catholic church.
He's shipping off from Boston: A source says Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has agreed on a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Tom Bradley, considered the leading in-house candidate to replace Joe Paterno, will coach the Nittany Lions through the end of the season.
Does grammar tell the tale of former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein’s self-interest? WGBH commentator Bob Lobel says yes as Ben Cherington takes over with the Sox.
One of the world's most watched televised sports turned deadly this week when two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died in a 15-car pile up at Las Vegas's Indy 300 on Sunday, Oct. 16.
In theory at least, ticket scalping is illegal here in Massachusetts. But in reality it's widely accepted. Now a proposed law would give scalpers free rein.
PRI'S THE WORLD
Starting Friday, Worcester will host an event that’s a hallmark of many American cities with burgeoning immigrant populations: a World Cup soccer tournament.
A statue honoring Celtics great Bill Russell will be installed in Boston's City Hall Plaza, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today.
You may be used to seeing sailboats on the Charles River or out in Boston Harbor. But this weekend, Boston plays host to a group of forty-foot long catamarans: big, fast, racing sailboats that definitely don’t belong among underpowered daysailers and fat cruising boats.
The crowd that greeted the Bruins' Stanley Cup parade on Monday represented a mixture of races, ethnicities and gender. Some hope that this show of diversity will redefine what has long been the stereotype of a Boston Bruins fan.
In case you weren't watching, a poodle-haired 22-year-old from Northern Ireland ripped the lungs out of the field at this weekend at golf's U.S. Open. Is the search for The Next Tiger over?
As the Bruins’ final face-off against the Vancouver Canucks came to a decisive, victorious end, the whole city of Boston erupted with joy. At The Connection, longtime Southie residents came together to enjoy a moment 39 years in the making, launching into a group rendition of “We are the Champions.”
When the Bruins and their brilliant goalie barged into a hostile Canadian rink surrounded by another 100,000 screaming fans outside for Game 7, they emerged with the championship they wanted.
The city of Boston is decked out in black and gold ahead of Game 7 of The Stanley Cup, when the Bruins will face off for the last time against the Vancouver Canucks. Bruins fans are hoping they’ll see their team take home their first Stanley Cup since the 1970s. BRUINS FANS EAGER TO FIGHT FOR STANLEY CUP
Just hours before the Boston Bruins square off against the Vancouver Canucks, Bruins Mania is in the air. It seemed to be on the minds of just about everyone in downtown Boston.
The Vancouver Canucks and the profoundly resilient Bruins will play their 107th and final game when their draining seasons finally end in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night.
The city of Boston is taking extra precautions as it prepares for possible Stanley Cup celebrations.
The Bruins emphatically evened the finals at two games apiece with a 4-0 victory over the foundering Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 on Wednesday night.
Whatever happened to bowling night? Once a staple of a fun night out, shrinking ranks of candlepin bowling lovers could force some bowling alleys to close down for good.
The Emily Rooney Show
POSTCARD FROM BOSTON
Boston cycling enthusiasts hope that the city's brand-new bike-share program, set to launch in July, will help the city become a two-wheeled one.
Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai has won the Boston Marathon in an unofficial 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds — the fastest marathon ever run. Caroline Kilel won the women's race.
WHERE WE LIVE
Gillette Stadium, the home of the Patriots, is Foxboro's economic engine. But hosting the NFL's most successful franchise also means cleaning up after it -- and living with the instability currently dominating NFL contract negotiations.
Unlike Ted Williams and Bobby Orr, there’s no statue of Celtics Great Bill Russell in Boston. But now the mayor, the city council and even President Obama himself are pushing to change that.
The Emily Rooney Show
Sportswriter Howard Bryant is defending himself against allegations of domestic abuse this weekend. He tells WGBH's Emily Rooney that witnesses and police overreacted to an argument he had with his wife over the weekend -- and that race may be a factor in his subsequent arrest.
The Big Shamrock tells WGBH's Emily Rooney he's going to be levitated over the TD Garden by Criss Angel for his next Boston stunt. It will be the latest in a string of public appearances that have endeared him to Celtics fans.
Saying they would be too disruptive at this weekend's Harvard-Yale game, the plastic horns that provided the soundtrack for the World Cup have been forbidden.
Filmmaker Ken Burns discusses the making of Baseball: The Tenth Inning with Greater Boston's Jared Bowan. Burns discusses chronicling the significant developments of the national pastime since Baseball originally aired, including the steroid scandal and the Boston Red Sox's 2004 World Series championship.
Thousands of bats, three home run records, and one "curse" have been broken since Ken Burns made his landmark 1994 PBS series Baseball. Now, Burns updates the series with The Tenth Inning. Watch the curse reserve and believe in a band of idiots all over again.
The Secret Life Of Scientists And Engineers
Meet neuroscientist Mollie Woodworth who studies ways to treat brain injuries—and shakes her pom-poms with MIT cheerleaders.
If you’ve read anything about the upcoming World Cup, you probably already know which players to watch.
Why can’t the United States be better at men’s soccer, just like its women, people often ask.
Soccer’s World Cup is always special – but what makes this one especially noteworthy is that it is the first tournament held in Africa, in this case South Africa.
Though it may seem odd—especially to Americans—the World Cup is the planet’s most unifying event.