CNS Data Lab

Students in the Data Lab develop innovative data-driven web applications, interactive graphics and in-depth web projects. They serve as lead producers for CNS’ destination website and help test innovative new ideas to advance the practice of journalism.

Major League Baseball players prefer hip-hop songs to get pumped up

Hundreds of Major League Baseball players enter the game to the sound of hip-hop, the most popular genre for MLB walk up songs, a Capital News Service analysis found.

To build staff, Jay Gruden relied on his NFL coaching social network

To fill out his first NFL coaching staff, Jay Gruden drew on pre-existing relationships in the “coaching social network” he established during his decade as an assistant coach.

Globe-trotting Australian Nathan Walker on verge of making Capitals

After traveling halfway around the world and working his way up to the American Hockey League, the Australian is poised to make the Washington Capitals’ opening-night roster.

For Orioles, international market not as appealing

The Baltimore Orioles are lagging way behind the rest of Major League Baseball in signing international players, a Capital News Service analysis found.

How Super Bowl winners spend money

Each of the past six Super Bowl winners made different financial decisions in allocating their salary cap.

Departed players could cost Capitals in standings

Following the Capitals’ offseason exodus, the NHL’s best regular-season team for the past two seasons could have a hard time replicating its recent dominance in the standings.

NFL teams are breaking the bank on average quarterbacks

In today’s passing-heavy NFL, many front offices are signing their quarterbacks to lucrative deals.

Orioles’ recent success due to many home runs, few walks

Under manager Buck Showalter and general manager Dan Duquette’s watch, the Orioles have formed a successful lineup that hits many home runs and draws few walks.

How to build an MLB team that will win the World Series–or at least come close

Based on the conversations we have with one another about our favorite MLB clubs, we all think we would be a great general manager capable of building the perfect, title-winning baseball team. We’re all wrong, at least some of the time, because even the “best” team often does not win the championship.

What makes for an exciting NBA postseason?

Whether you are a fan of the NBA or a network executive looking to attract as many viewers to TV screens as possible, your hopes for the postseason are the same: an exciting outcome. Thanks to a Mike Beouy-created statistic, the excitement index, the CNS data lab found that the first round of the playoffs for this year are more exciting than last year’s.