Stacked bar chart of top 3 rivalries in each major US sport and cluster bar chart with segment comparison lines of most unbalanced rivalry in each sport.

Top Sports Rivalries

Giants versus Dodgers and Red Sox versus Yankees are the top 2 baseball rivalries, as shown in the sports rivalries stacked bar chart on the left. Lakers/Celtics, Falcons/Saints, Penguins/Flyers and Arizona/Arizona State are the top rivalries in NBA, NFL, NHL and NCAAF. Two notable unbalanced rivalries are Boston College/Notre Dame ad Sacramento Kings/LA Lakers, as shown in the cluster bar chart of unbalanced sports rivalries on the right. Data are collected from fans and available at KnowRivalry.com.  

Top Sports Rivalries and Most Unbalanced Rivalries in a Stacked Bar Chart and a Cluster Bar Chart with Segment Comparison Lines

 Stacked bar chart of top 3 rivalries in each major US sport and cluster bar chart with segment comparison lines of most unbalanced rivalry in each sport.

How I Made This Stacked Bar Chart and Cluster Bar Chart with Segment Comparison Lines

The sports rivalries data for these charts are presented below:

Data for stacked bar chart of top 3 rivalries in each major US sport and cluster bar chart with segment comparison lines of most unbalanced rivalry in each sport.

Here's how I made the stacked bar chart on the left:

  • create a 1/2 page left chart in PowerPoint (stacked bar by default)
  • type in sports rivalries data into Mekko Graphics Data Editor from KnowRivalry website
  • in Format Bars and Series, set the ClusterBy setting to 3 to group the bars by sport
  • change chart orientation to horizontal and set reverse x axis to have data go from top to bottom
  • remove y axis and x axis line
  • add axis title and position it on top left of chart
  • remove two of three bar labels for each sport
  • right justify bar labels and move them nearer bars
  • adjust y axis maximum, bar gaps and internal chart margins to have chart fill the container
  • display values with segment labels
  • shrink font for labels in smaller segments and annotate Lakers label
  • adjust series colors to make each cluster have same color pair

Here's how I made the cluster bar chart on the right

  • create a 1/2 page right chart in PowerPoint
  • convert it from stacked to cluster bar
  • type in sports rivalries data into Mekko Graphics Data Editor from KnowRivalry website
  • change chart orientation to horizontal and set reverse x axis to have data go from top to bottom
  • hide bar totals
  • remove y axis and x axis line
  • add axis title and position it on top left of chart
  • right justify bar labels and move them nearer bars
  • adjust y axis maximum, bar gaps and internal chart margins to match left chart
  • move segment labels our of smaller segments in each cluster
  • add segment comparison lines to each cluster
  • format the lines to show the difference between the two segments in the cluster
  • adjust series colors to match left chart

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