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Title: Losing to Win An Analysis of NBA Draft Strategies for Maximizing Franchise Value
Authors: Smyles, AdaM
Advisors: Kpotufe, Samory
Department: Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Class Year: 2015
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to study the efficiency of using the NBA draft as a means to increase franchise value. In particular, this paper will study the NBA draft system with the intent of determining whether it is possible to “game” the system by intentionally losing. This paper will examine this problem through modeling NBA seasons and the impact season performance and the NBA Draft have on the financial value of franchises. Through this work, this paper provides strong evidence for the optimality of tanking under various circumstances.
Extent: 57 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Operations Research and Financial Engineering, 2000-2017

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