A "tank-off" game -- losing is better

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Feb 1 00:34:47 UTC 2014

"tank-off" = game whose loser gets the earlier choice in the next
player draft lottery.

Not in OED.  Difficult to track.

2013 Aug. 6.  GWeb, searching for "tank-off" + sports:  "NBA schedule
2013: 76ers, Jazz, Suns to battle in tank-off" [article
title].  "Although no teams openly admit to "tanking," the art of
losing games en masse to position oneself for better draft picks,
it's pretty clear that a handful of NBA teams this year deliberately
made themselves worse in the short term for the hope of a better future."
SB*Nation, by Ethan

2014 Jan. 31:  "A tank-off."  Boston Globe, by Baxter Holmes, C1/3
[lead sentence].

GBooks & GNews:  Nil.


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