Promotion and Relegation in U.S. Sports?

We’re at the point in the year when NBA basketball teams struggling towards the bottom of the standings start to play their reserves and rest their stars — subtly, of course, so as not to irritate the league brass — in order to secure their chance at receiving a high draft pick. Tanking, as it’s known, is common in American sports.

(To be clear, I’m not saying players are giving less than their full effort. After all, why would you half-ass your way out of a job, making yourself look bad and less likely to secure the next job? Many of these reserves and…