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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cowboys Show How a New Stadium Can Be a Huge Money-Maker for NFL Teams

Source: Business Insider - Sports Chart of the Day
Author: Cork Gaines


Best Practices:
  • A bar chart works better than a line chart here because both time and revenue have to be considered. The length of the bar is more important than the slope of a line, so a bar chart is preferred.
  • I like how the year of the new stadium is emphasized.
  • The labels are clear.
  • The story is easy to understand.
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Include a more meaningful title.
  • Remove the gridlines from the chart.
  • Instead of circling 2009, I would color the bar.
  • Use the Cowboys official colors for the bars: the darker blue for all years except 2009, gray for 2009 (or vice versa).

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