Data Viz Done Right

December 16, 2014

College Football's Richest Teams

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As a follow up to my post about how rich the University of Alabama football team is, I wanted to show a quick overview of the top 10 richest teams. Note that, despite making $47.1M in revenue in the 2012-2013 season, Alabama only ranks 6th.

The data comes from smartycents.com. I would encourage you to read their article if you're curious to know where all of this money comes from. It's pretty fascinating just how big of a business college football has become.

Initially, I was going to create the viz for this post in Tableau, but I was reading the Interactive Inspiration article on Visualoop and saw this ad for infogr.am:


The ad reminded me of Datawrapper, so I thought I would give it a try. I must say I was super impressive with infogram's simplicity. In just a couple of minutes, I registered for an account and had this nice interactive chart.

There are three things I wish I could do with infogram that I can't out of the box:
  1. Auto-sort the bars based on the metric selected 
  2. Color the bars by a dimension, conference in this case; This would allow me to highlight that 5 of the top 10 teams are in the SEC. 
  3. Hide the axis; I don't need it on this view since I'm labeling the bars directly.
My advice: Keep your eyes open and continue to try new tools.  It's fun to learn new things!

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