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Data Tell Story of Chicago Sports and Beyond

By Red Line Project Staff |  @RedLineProject | Posted: Monday, March 2, 2020 

Despite the Bears winning the NFC North title in 2018, Mitch Trubisky and Chase Daniel came in third in the division's quarterback rankings. Minnesota's Kirk Cousins ended the season as the top-ranked quarterback, while Detroit's Matthew Stafford ranked last.  -- Enrique Luna 

The graphic above shows the distribution of salaries between every player on the Chicago Bulls. The biggest salary belongs to Otto Porter jr., who has only played nine games this season. After trading for Porter last season, the Bulls had high hopes for the small forward. Unfortunately, Porter continues to struggle to stay healthy, constantly working with doctors to get back on the court. Now, the Bulls are paying for that, literally.

The second largest salary belongs to their best player, Zach LaVine. Coming off ACL recovery and a sluggish season, the Bulls were able to sign LaVine to an affordable contract, despite having All-Star talent. 

Many of the other players have affordable contracts as well. This is because most of them are still on their rookie contracts. Being one of the youngest teams in the league definitely has its benefits. -- Oscar Herrera

Dodgers Maintain Attendance Through Good, Lean Years

The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team has had great support and attendance from their fans despite not having won a World Series game since 1988. As the interactive chart below shows, the team has only seen an overall seasonal drop in attendance below 3 million seven times over the last 31 years.

The drop in attendance seen in 1992 can be attributed to the team’s disappointing season having lost 99 games as well as the 1992 L.A. riots that resulted in three game cancellations. Even so, attendance again picked up in 1993.

In 1994, when attendance again dropped below 3 million, the MLB was experiencing a strike to resist salary caps that lasted 232 days. The baseball season ended early and resulted in the World Series being called off. Attendance rose steadily until it again exceeded 3 million in 1995.

The drop in attendance in 2011 coincides with the turmoil brought to the team by the then owner of the franchise, Frank McCourt. The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy and were eventually bought by the Guggenheim Baseball Partners.

The Dodgers have kept their seasonal attendance above 3 million since 2011. -- Carolina Molina


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