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can anyone prove that a sports franchise has ever purposely lost games to have a higher draft pick?


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Enough is enough, I posed this question in another thread but feel the need to challenge this to the entire forum.

Can anyone provide info pertaining to a sports franchise purposely losing games to improve their draft position?

I'm even expanding this to other sports, I cannot think of a single time when a team obviously lost games in order to improve their draft positioning.

I don't believe that this is a real strategy and if that is the case, this weird fan fueled theory needs to be put to rest once and for all.

(BONUS: if you can provide an example of a team doing this, please include how this improved their team in the long run ie Rhule mentioning the Sixers believing in this method and it getting them nowhere...)

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Football isn't always known for it's smarts. It's all about pride and honor like some kind of Samurai but then getting butt fuged by the Mongolians.

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1 minute ago, KillerKat said:

Football isn't always known for it's smarts. It's all about pride and honor like some kind of Samurai but then getting butt fuged by the Mongolians.

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4 minutes ago, Jesse said:

Isn’t that the reason the NBA has the draft lottery to prevent teams from intentionally tanking?

I found this article on wiki full of a few acquisitions over the last century. nothing concrete. obviously the NBA had this in mind, and is different with that amount of games played vs NFL. still sounds like a farce though.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanking_(sports)#Examples

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You could never "prove" it . . . but seriously . . . CMC has been out all year.  Do you really think in a playoff year he misses this many games?

I am not sure, but I am certainly "suspicious".

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1 minute ago, Adb6368 said:

The Philadelphia 76ers even named their tanking ‘the process’ and their star player was not shy about admitting it either as he sat out due to injuries

get it philadelphia 76ers GIF by NBA

how's that plan working?

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