The Dugout Beginning with opening day of the 2024 season we will be implementing some new rules within MLB which will hopefully increase competitiveness, facilitate trading, decrease the effectiveness of tanking, and hold MLB managers accountable for poor performance. These rules do not apply for the NBL, only the MLB. I certainly hope everyone understands the need for these changes and embraces them. After heated discussions with the leadership team we have agreed upon the following. Until now we had zero accountability for poor performance by GM's. Profit and participation were our only focus, but now that we have seen the effectiveness of repeated poor performances with no repercussions, rules were needed to be put into place. In addition, the clear difference between the top few picks in the draft compared to the later rounds, have made it easy for a team to stockpile enormous talent while in essence being bad on the field. By enacting a draft lottery, tanking is not necessarily rewarded any longer. Both of these changes should also (hopefully) increase the willingness of teams to trade. Now, if you don't get better, you get fired. Now that you aren't assured of a top pick in the draft, maybe you will trade away some talent to stock your system instead of stockpiling high draft picks. Rule Change #1 Effective at the end of the 2024 season: A team with 5 consecutive losing seasons (sub .500) without showing improvement in EACH of the final 3 seasons will be demoted to the NBL. Example: Win %- .480, .450, .435, .400, .385- This GM is fired Example: Win %- .480, .450, .455, .474, .480- This GM is safe Example: Win %- .480, .450, .440, .500, .400- This GM is safe Rule Change #2 Effective for the 2025 First Year Player Draft a weighted lottery will be used for the 1st round of the draft. This lottery will include non-playoff teams. Worst record is awarded 20 balls, the next team 19 balls, etc, etc.