ABC Sports shaped how the world consumes sport. The American Broadcasting Company's sports division is behind some of network television's most significant practices, celebrated personalities, and iconic moments. It created the weekend anthology Wide World of Sports, transformed professional football into a prime-time spectacle with Monday Night Football, fashioned the Olympics into a mega media event, and even revolutionized TV news. Travis Vogan's cultural and institutional history of ABC Sports examines the development of network sports television in the United States and the aesthetic, cultural, political, and industrial practices that mark it. ABC Sports traces the storied division from its beginnings through the internet age to reveal the changes it endured along with the new sports media environment it spawned.
Publisher: University of California Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
"This is a book that has much to commend it and little to criticize. It is built on meticulous research and a strong overall conception of the significance of the subject. For the specialist in history or media it is essential." * New York Journal of Books *
"Vogan employs his impressive historical and archival research skills to develop an important cultural analysis of American sports media. Vogan's research helps fill large holes not only in the area of sports studies but also within the broader field of media studies." * Media Industries Journal *