Travis Vogan

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Travis Vogan
Associate Professor
E342 AJB
Office Hours:
Fall 2017: Tuesday & Thursday 2-3:30
PhD 2011, Indiana University

What is Travis’s story? 

My research and teaching focus on the intersections among sport, media, and U.S. culture.  I am particularly interested in television, media industries and institutions, documentary, and the relationship between commerce and cultural value.

I am the author of Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media and ESPN: The Making of the Sports Media Empire.

My current book project, ABC Sports: The Rise and Fall of Network Sports Television, uses the American Broadcasting Company’s influential sports TV division to outline the development, politics, and transformation of sports television from the 1950s through the early 2000s.  It is under contract with the University of California Press.  

I have published articles in American Art, Convergence, Television & New Media, Popular CommunicationCommunication & SportJournal of Sport HistoryInternational Journal of Sport Communication, Journal of Sports Media, Digital JournalismThe Moving Image, and various edited collections. 

Beyond my scholarship, I have served as a contributor to and source for national and global media outlets that include the New York Times, NPR’s Marketplace, Washington Post, Wired, and Deadspin.

I am currently serving as associate editor of the Journal of Sport History and co-editor of the University of Illinois Press book series Studies in Sports Media.


  • 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


  • Schwartz, D. & Vogan, T. (2017) The Players Tribune: Self-branding and boundary work in digital sports media. Journal of Sports Media
  • Vogan, T. (2017) Monday Night Football and the Racial Roots of the Network TV Event. Television & New Media
  • Vogan, T. (2016). LeRoy Neiman and the art of network sports television. American Art
  • Hagood, M. & Vogan, T. (2016). The 12th man: Sound, space, and fandom in the contemporary National Football League. Popular 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.
  • 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