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Subject/Keyword
National Basketball Association
Amateur draft
Sports betting
Tanking
Competitive balance
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Soebbing, Brian Philip
Supervisor and department
Mason, Daniel S. (Physical Education and Recreation)
Examining committee member and department
Washington, Marvin (Business)
Leeds, Michael (Economics; Temple University)
Humphreys, Brad R. (Economics)
Greenwood, Royston (Business)
Walker, Gordon (Physical Education and Recreation)
Department
Physical Education and Recreation
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-08-28T13:26:10Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
This dissertation explores the NBA Draft. Throughout North American sports leagues, league executives state that the amateur draft is necessary to improve or maintain league-wide competitive balance. For the NBA, the amateur draft has caused a separate, but interrelated issue. The issue is that the presence of an amateur draft provides the incentive for NBA teams who are eliminated from playoff contention to tank (intentionally lose games) late in the regular season to improve their draft position and receive a better chance of getting a top draft pick. A top draft pick benefits a team both on and off the court (Price, et al 2010). In an attempt to deter tanking but maintain competitive balance, NBA executives have changed the draft format four times in the last 30 seasons. However, continuous debate still occurs regarding whether NBA executives should modify the draft process again. This dissertation explores three distinct research questions regarding the NBA draft format changes. The first paper examines the NBA point-spread betting market to see whether bookmakers believe that tanking is present in the league. If tanking is occurring, how much does the spread adjust for tanking? The second paper examines the potential tanking behavior of teams in conference and nonconference games under all four NBA draft formats. Finally, the third paper explores the impact the various NBA draft formats have on league-wide competitive balance.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3NS7B
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License granted by Brian Soebbing (soebbins@ualberta.ca) on 2011-08-23T22:00:35Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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