Let’s tank tanking

“Tanking,” or deliberately trying to lose an athletic contest to gain a future competitive advantage, such as earning higher draft pick of prospective players, became the talk of the town or at
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“Tanking,” or deliberately trying to lose an athletic contest to gain a future competitive advantage, such as earning higher draft pick of prospective players, became the talk of the town or at least of many fans, in many US cities saddled with losing teams in such sports as hockey, basketball, and baseball. If actually practiced, however, tanking would exploit spectator, players, and coaches alike. While teams that tank do so secretly, examples of the practice have all too frequently come to light. For example, two girls’ high school basketball teams from Tennessee were disqualified last year from the post-season playoffs for each trying to lose a game against each other in order to draw a weaker opponent in post-season play. Instances can be found in professional sports as well. Badminton players from China, Indonesia, and South Korea were disqualified from the 2012 London Olympics for trying to lose matches so as to obtain a better future seed. Similarly, the 2005-06 Timberwolves. . .

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