Competition parity and the Australian Football League fixtures

Davies, Chris (2013) Competition parity and the Australian Football League fixtures. Sporting Traditions, 30. pp. 61-75.

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The Australian Football League (AFL) has implemented a draft and salary cap system for over twenty-five years and to justify the use of labour market controls a league has to establish that these help achieve its stated objectives which, in the case of the AFL, can perhaps be best defined as ladder position fluidity over a five to ten year period. Its expansion into a national competition, however, has created an unbalanced AFL fixture list where clubs now only play five other clubs twice each season. It is suggested that the AFL should adopt a set formula for each season's fixture list, based on the previous year’s results. The suggested formula is a 'Three and Two Ones System' where clubs are divided into three groups, and in the following season play three clubs in their group twice, and only one club from each of the other two groups.

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Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0813-2577
Keywords: AFL parity
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