Travis Vogan teaches in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media. His interests are on cultural history of sport media with a focus on television, documentary film, and media industries and institutions. You can follow him on Twitter at @TV0GAN.
Posts by Travis Vogan
Book Excerpt: An ESPN Culture
Since its launch in 1979, ESPN has completely changed the way that we experience sports. A new book, based on extensive interviews and archival research, looks at how the network became the Worldwide Leader and in the process shaped contemporary culture.
A Branded Empire: Examining the Worldwide Leader
In recent days ESPN dismissed some 300 employees and closed down its well-regarded site Grantland. Media scholar Travis Vogan addresses these events in the light of his new book on ESPN's rise to media dominance.
Interview with Travis Vogan
Professors and Their Athletes: A Look Inside the College Sports Factory
Away from the crowds and the TV cameras, athletes in major college sports programs go to class, write essays, and take exams. We asked their professors how these student-athletes perform as students, and how big-time sports programs impact the educational work of universities.
Yago Colás, Jack Hamilton, David Ridpath, and Travis Vogan
Number 1 Without an Asterisk
Forty-six years after his U.S. Open title, a new biography looks at Arthur Ashe as tennis champion and civil rights activist.
Book review by Travis Vogan
In order to prevent idleness in the new colony of Pennsylvania, William Penn banned “rude and riotous behavior,” including cockfights, competitions with prizes, and card and dice games.