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Like father, like son : analyzing australian football's unique recruitment process

journal contribution
posted on 01.11.2016, 00:00 authored by M F Stewart, C Stavros, Pamm PhillipsPamm Phillips, H Mitchell, A J Barake
In 1949 the Australian Football League (AFL) introduced a distinctive father-son rule, which allows its member teams to prioritize the recruitment of the sons of former players who had played in a minimum number of games with that team. This paper reveals that some teams have been able to access a statistically significant advantage via this rule, confirming and quantifying that this unique exception compromised the AFL's reverseorder player draft. In more recent times, through complex reforms, this advantage has been significantly dissipated. Discussion presents this rule as a conundrum for managers as despite potentially compromising the draft, it provides opportunities for off-field marketing communications strategies.

History

Journal

Journal of sport management

Volume

30

Issue

6

Pagination

672 - 688

Publisher

Human Kinetics

Location

Champaign, Ill.

ISSN

0888-4773

eISSN

1543-270X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2016, Human Kinetics