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
During their 1934 tour of Japan, an all-star baseball team featuring Babe Ruth was scheduled to play a game at Hakodate, on the island of Hokkaido. But with steady rain falling before the game and the Americans on a tight schedule, it appeared that the fans of Hakodate would lose their chance to see the Babe. So hundreds of people brought pieces of canvas from home to protect the dirt infield. When the rain passed, the Babe played in Hakodate.