New Project: Paid to Win

Here’s one I had ready to go four weeks ago, but the unreliability of my current web provider got the better of me. This is another piece working from the BBC Price of Football Survey data, only this time mashing it up with league tables available from Wikipedia. I ask where you find the cheapest goals and cheapest wins throughout the English and Scottish Football leagues:

Paid to Win

Click through for the interactive version.

This is again quite similar to the English Football Value for Money piece I did previously and is mainly just a data remix with an extra dimension to filter on. It’s an interesting way to explore a ranking against two parameters at the same time.


  • Display a ranking against two parameters simultaneously
  • Display both as a ranking as well as relative values. You can easily see both what is higher and lower and also by how much
  • Easily compare two teams against both parameters as well as their relative performance against both parameters (i.e. comparing line slopes)
  • Easily identify big movers between the two measures


  • Slightly complex, so requires the reader to figure it out a bit
  • Alternative to showing two rankings at once would be to take a design decision to only show one, that which is deemed most important
  • Current solution requires hover which is not mobile-friendly
  • Solution is D3.js and therefore SVG and thus IE 7- unfriendly

Global Games, Regional Sports – Vancouver 2010

I previously posted a project I worked on for the London 2012 Olympics. Well, I did some digging around and I managed to find data for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, so I wrangled it into the format I had previously used, made some tweaks, and republished my Global Games, Regional Sports analysis, but this time with different data. Does that make this some kind of data-remix?

Please find the result here:

Sample Insights

  • Biathlon and Cross Country Skiing both move together towards Northern Europe when switching from participants to medals. Due to similarities in the sports, we would expect them to be linked.
  • Skeleton is most southern in participants due largely to Kiwi competitors, but as they don’t win medals it rockets up to the top when switching to medals.
  • Four of six ice hockey medals won by Canada and the United States move that sport far to the west. A bad Olympics for European Ice Hockey


Vancouver 2010 Medals by Athlete -
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