Travis Vogan

Travis Vogan
Associate Professor
E342 AJB
Office Hours:
Spring 2017: Tuesday & Thursday 11:15-12:45 and by appointment
PhD 2011, Indiana University

What is Travis’s story? 

Travis’s research focuses on the intersections among sport, media, and American culture. He is particularly interested in television, media industries and institutions, documentary, and the relationship between branding and cultural value. 

Travis is the author of Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media (University of Illinois Press, 2014) and ESPN: The Making of a Sports Media Empire (University of Illinois Press, 2015).  Beyond his books, Travis has published research in Convergence, Journal of Sport History, Communication & Sport, Popular Communication, The Moving Image, Digital Journalism, International Journal of Sport Communication, and other venues.  He is co-editor of the University of Illinois Press book series Studies in Sports Media, serves on the editorial board for the journal American Studies, and is the Film, Media, and Museum Reviews editor for Journal of Sport History.

Travis is currently developing a new book on ABC Sports and network sports television in the United States.


  • JMC:3182 Sport, Scandal, and Strategic Communication
  • JMC:3183 Sport and the Media
  • JMC:3400 Specialized Reporting and Writing, Sports Writing
  • JMC:3181 The Business of Sport Communication


  • Vogan, T. (2015). ESPN: The Making of A Sports Media Empire. University of Illinois Press.
  • Vogan, T. (2014). Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media. University of Illinois Press.
  • Hagood, M. & Vogan, T. (forthcoming). The 12th man: Sound, space, and fandom in the contemporary National Football League. Popular Communication
  • Burroughs, B. & Vogan T. (2015). Media industries and the sport scandal: Deadspin, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and the Manti Te’o hoax. International Journal of Sport Communication
  • Vogan, T. (2014). Institutionalizing sport history in the contemporary sports television documentary. Journal of Sport History
  • Vogan, T. & Dowling, D. (2014). Bill Simmons,, and ESPN’s corporate reinvention of literary sports writing online. Convergence.
  • Dowling, D. & Vogan T. (2014). Can we ‘Snowfall’ this? Digital longform and the Race for the tablet market. Digital Journalism.
  • Oates, T.P. & Vogan, T. (2014). The sporting paratext, reception, and the male domain in CBS’s ‘One Shining Moment.’ Communication & Sport
  • Vogan, T. (2013). NFL Films and the art of selling football. Popular Communication
  • Vogan, T. (2012). ESPN Films and the construction of prestige in contemporary sports television. International Journal of Sport Communication
  • Vogan, T. (2010). Football’s wine cellar: The NFL Films archive. The Moving Image
  • Vogan, T. (2010). Irrational power: Jack Johnson, prize fighting films, and documentary affect. Journal of Sport History


2015, First Place Faculty Paper, Sports Communication Interest Group. Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication