USFL Changes Draft Rules Mid-Season to Prevent Tanking Sunday

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Sports Illustrated

By Daniel Chavkin The two worst teams in the league are playing to finish their regular season schedules. View the original article to see embedded media. Professional sports leagues have been constantly tinkering with their rules to avoid tanking. MLB recently added a draft lottery, while the NBA and NHL both altered their lottery rules within the last decade to make it harder to obtain the No. 1 overall pick. The USFL, like the NFL, entered their season with the rule that the team with the worst record will get the top pick. However, the league is changing that rule on the fly. With the 1–8 …

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