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Toward a Fairer Expansion Draft

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: When new teams are brought into an established league, the team owners usually take turns picking players from a pool of available talent. The conventional method for such drafts, however, often produces unfair results. For example, if one of two owners of new teams wins the coin toss, that owner gets to pick first, and then the picks alternate between the two owners. It's quite possible that the owner making the first selection will consistently get the better player of each pair available, building a team that may be considerably stronger than that chosen by the owner going second...

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Combinatorics, Probability

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