SIGN THE PETITION TO NBA COMMISSIONER ADAM SILVER
STOP THE TANKING. REFORM THE NBA DRAFT LOTTERY SYSTEM.
Sign the petition. We'll deliver the signatures to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on NBA Draft Weekend.
We're a fan-led campaign to reform the broken NBA draft lottery system. When fans don't know whether to root for or against their own team, something is very, very wrong.
NBA DRAFT LOTTERY
One team loses 26 games in a row and professes to be on the right track. The GM of another, on the brink of actually making the playoffs, professes to be paying no attention to where his team stands, because he has a "long term" strategy. That apparently includes losing 23 of 26 games and playing in near empty arenas.
If you're not a Heat or Pacers fan, or don't live west of Chicago, you're being sold an empty shell of a season, and an empty promise of a future, given the mixed record of draft picks (just ask Cavs fans).
The NBA Draft Lottery gives the 14 teams that missed the playoffs a chance at the top draft picks. The worse your record, the more balls in the basket and the better your chance at that top pick. The result: if a team's not making a run for it all, they're encouraged to lose. Change it: make attending or watching a regular season game worth something again.
“ As an American I wouldn't like to think that an American team would want to lose or create situations where you would want to lose. ”
REPLACE THE NBA DRAFT LOTTERY
Numerous proposals have been introduced by fans, bloggers, and sports media on how to replace the NBA draft lottery system – to balance the need for supporting small market teams and helping struggling franchises rebuild while with maintaining competitiveness and a good experience for NBA fans. Here are three options Commissioner Silver should consider:
The Wheel Proposal
The "Wheel" was first written about by Grantland's Zach Lowe. The system would predetermine a team's draft pick for 30 years, ensuring them a different draft selection each year evenly spread out over time. Teams know where they'll draft in future years and can plan their rebuilding plan accordingly (and without the incentive to ever tank games). Critics counter it hurts struggling teams in need of young talent.
Sloan Solution - reward for winning
The Sloan Solution comes from the 2012 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The solution, as summarized by ESPN, "Give the first pick in the draft to the team that wins the most games after being officially eliminated from playoff contention. Then the team with the second highest number of wins gets the second pick. And so on."
The V Plan
Proposed by Sacramento Kings owner, Vivek Ranadive: the system freezes the draft-order at the All-star break, giving no incentive to tank the 2nd half. The system also proposes an NCAA-style tournament among the bottom 8 teams for who gets the final, 8th seed in the playoffs.
Sign the petition today & help us reach our goal of 10,000 NBA fans standing up for change. Tell Commissioner Silver we need to stop the tanking and reform the draft system.
Mark Cuban, owner Dallas Mavericks, on if NBA teams "tank"
We're a grassroots coalition of NBA fans that wont sit, idly by, while we watch teams tank and the spirit of our game evaporate. Our teams' stars may be benched, but we're standing up for the sport we love.
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IN THE PRESS
Philly.com, April 4, 2014
SBNation, April 3, 2014
Boston Globe, April 6, 2014
Crossover Chronicles, April 10, 2014
Hickory-High, April 11, 2014
Hoop Asylum, April 13, 2014
Dunk360, April 11, 2014
The Sports Bank, April 14, 2014
South Philly Review, April 28, 2014
Orlando Magic Daily, April 27, 2014