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Behavioral Economics | Economic Theory | Labor Economics | Other Economics | Sports Studies
It has been speculated that franchises in the NBA (national basketball association) lose on purpose because of the benefits that coincide with a team having a poor overall record. Teams that perform the worst are given the highest draft selections in the following season's rookie player draft, thus theoretically improving their chances of becoming a more winning team. Previous economists have used various methodology to prove that NBA teams do in fact lose on purpose; or tank. This paper builds upon this previous methodology to examine the direct impact, negative or positive, that losing on purpose has had on various NBA franchises.
Hallisey, Ryan P., "Can NBA Teams Benefit from Losing?" (2016). Honors Scholar Theses. 505.