The circulation of sports images has roots in the late 19th-century and continues today over an increasingly diverse set of platforms. In the 1890s, dedicated sports sections found place in the world's newspapers, bringing sports into every readers daily lives. Sporting stars began to cross over to new lifestyle periodicals in the 1930s and Sports Illustrated published its first issue in 1954. Television forever changed the sporting landscape in the 1970s, paving the way for 111 million people to tune into the 2011 Super Bowl.

Harold Eugene Edgerton, American 1903-1990
Football Kick, 1938
Dye transfer print (printed 1985)
16 3/4 x 14 inches
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation,
© Harold & Esther Edgerton Foundation, 2012, courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.