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Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media

Travis Vogan


NFL Films changed the way Americans view football. This book traces the subsidiary's development from a small independent film production company to the marketing machine that Sports Illustrated named “perhaps the most effective propaganda organ in the history of corporate America.” Drawing on research at the NFL Films Archive and the Pro Football Hall of Fame and interviews with media pioneer Steve Sabol and others, the book shows how NFL Films has constructed a consistent, romanticized, and remarkably visible mythology for the National Football League. The company packages football as a visc ... More

Keywords: sports television, NFL Films, pro football, film production, independent film, National Football League, sports media, American popular culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038389
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Travis Vogan, author
University of Iowa