A Look Back
It's hard to pinpoint exactly when sports media became an important player in American society and culture. By the late 1800s, professional sports leagues and college sports programs had succeeded to the point that they had created a high level of interest in the general public. In 1893, Joseph Pulitzer created the first separate sports page at the New York World, and he was quickly followed by William Randolph Hearst at the New York Journal. In addition, newspapers began running special weekend sports sections, which helped increase the popularity of sports like college football.
The important relationship among sports, sports media, and the public began to develop during this time period. Author and researcher Michael ...