Last week, I released my little piece of annual sports data art work, a map showing the biggest sporting event in each of the 50 states. It was fun and painstaking to create. Some states, like Arizona where the Super Bowl is located in 2015, were easy to figure out. Some states, like my home state of New Jersey, which didn’t seem to be hosting any big sporting events in 2015, were much more difficult. The map itself was a delicate balance between too much data and not enough. I felt I had to get the name of the event and its starting date into the map. To keep those items legibly, I sacrificed the names of the states. We all know where Montana, Missouri, and Mississippi are, right? No? Yeah, me neither. So, to help out with deciphering the map and to add to the map experience, here is a list of all the top sporting events of 2015 sorted by date. The year starts with three big games on January 1, college football’s tradition heavy Rose Bowl in California and Sugar Bowl in Louisiana plus the National Hockey League’s biggest exhibition, the Winter Classic, this year in Washington D.C.
I’m going to keep adding to this map until the end of the year. To keep track of all the updates to the map, bookmark this page or follow the blog.
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