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More Sports Fans Need to Discredit "Tanking" Across the Major American Sports Leagues

Ryan Beltran

Posted on November 17, 2020 04:22

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The New York Jets are currently the worst team in the NFL with a 0-9 record and you would think most Jets fans would be upset. Many are, but there are also so many that think if they continue "tanking" to become the worst team in the league, it will be better for their future since they can clinch the number one draft pick in the upcoming 2021 draft. Examples like this showcase a personal ongoing issue of tanking which more American sports leagues must discourage.

With highly touted superstar Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence rumored to be eligible as the number one pick in the 2021 NFL Draft next year, many fans from struggling teams have bought into the trend of "tanking" -- rooting to "lose games" has become an apparent norm in fan culture. This trend of "tanking" doesn't just exclusively happen in the NFL but in almost all major sports in America. 

Even if tanking has always occurred throughout the years, for me it’s an elephant in the room across the top sports leagues and more critical attention must be brought up about the negative impact it has in sports.

As a fan, you shouldn’t have to be forced to root for a team you support to lose and think it will magically save your franchise, because as a fan you should want to watch your team try to win the best they can every year whether their team is struggling or winning.

In perspective, I don’t think players or coaches are literally trying to lose games themselves, especially in the highest competitive  leagues in the world. However, it’s unacceptable that general managers of struggling teams to solid playoff teams will sometimes assemble their teams to be bad for a specific season, just so they can get higher odds for a high draft pick in a given draft.

I’ve never really noticed the negative impact of tanking until over the last couple of years, hearing the arguments from fans of certain teams about how they just want their teams to go in a rebuilding route, trading their important players for young players and lesser players -- thinking that their teams being bad for a couple of seasons could be a better guarantee of success for the future than just trying another year or two in the postseason. 

I can understand the frustrations from fans watching their teams lose in the playoffs for many years and thinking they can’t win a championship with the players they have had for years. The hope and allure of getting a talented young college player which could be a star player that can lead a team to winning is also understandable. This still shouldn't mean teams have to use this plan to have hope for a better future.

Overall, I am totally still for a draft system because I do agree the draft system creates a good sense of parity where all teams in a respective league will always have a chance to get high-end talent that can develop into stars and give a team a sense of hope to compete for a championship in any given year.

There needs to be certain regulations on how the draft operates because the major American sports leagues must realize methods of tanking can put the integrity of sports at stake when, in a way, the message of what the draft is right now encourages teams for getting "rewarded for being one of the worst."

Ryan Beltran

Posted on November 17, 2020 04:22

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"Tanking for Trey" might become a thing along with "Tanking for Trevor" once the college football season gets underway....

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