Travis Vogan

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Travis Vogan
Associate Professor
E342 AJB
Office Hours:
Spring 2020: Tuesday & Thursday 2-3:30 and by appointment
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 (University of Illinois Press)ESPN: The Making of the Sports Media Empire (University of Illinois Press), and ABC Sports: The Rise and Fall of Network Sports Television (University of California Press)

My current book project, The Boxing Film: A Cultural and Transmedia History, is under contract with Rutgers University Press.  

I have published articles in American Art, Film History, ConvergenceTelevision & New Media, Popular CommunicationCommunication & SportJournal of Sport HistoryInternational Journal of Sport CommunicationJournal 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, The Guardian, Washington PostWired, 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.

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  • Sport and Media
  • Media History and Culture
  • Sport, Scandal, and Strategic Communication in Media Culture
  • The Business of Sport Communication
  • Sports Writing
  • Media, Sport, and Entertainment (Graduate Seminar) 
  • The Cultural Industries and Cultural Studies (Graduate Seminar) 


  • Vogan, T. (forthcoming). Exhibiting Ali’s Super Fights: The contested politics and brief history of closed-circuit boxing broadcasts. Film History, 30(3)
  • Vogan, T. (2018). ABC Sports: The rise and fall of network sports television. University of California Press.
  • Vogan, T. (2018). Sport and leisure. In D. Dochuk and J. Podair (Eds.) History of the 20th Century United States (pp. 337-348). New York: Routledge
  • Vogan, T. (2018). ESPN: Live sports, documentary prestige, and on-demand culture. In D. Johnson (Ed.) The New Television Industries: A Guide to Changing Channels (pp. 107-115). New York: Routledge.
  • 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