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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fair Market Value of College Football Players

Source: Business Insider
Author: Cork Gaines

Best Practices: 
  • Descending order rank
  • Simplicity of a bar chart
  • Focusing on the top 10 schools
  • Proper text alignment for the schools and the bar labels
  • Hiding the axis (since the bars are labeled)
  • Single color
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Less precision on the bar labels; showing them in thousands would suffice (e.g., $605K for Texas)
  • Add context by including another bar or a reference line for the average of all college football program. This would help show how much money the players at the top 10 schools are worth compared to the overall average.
  • Remove the column line between the school names and the bars

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