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.
Mark F. Stewart, Constantino Stavros, Pamm Phillips, Heather Mitchell, and Adrian J. Barake
Dustin A. Hahn, Matthew S. VanDyke, and R. Glenn Cummins
& Bennett, 2011 ). Despite the long-standing interest in sport statistics, sport communication scholars have failed to explore them in great detail. Although the content, structure, and subjects of mediated sport have been examined in a variety of studies ( Lavelle, 2010 ; Morris & Nydahl, 1983 ; Sullivan
Brody J. Ruihley and Jacob Chamberlin
). It has become one of the biggest sport media, gaming, and communication phenomenon. The industry has won lawsuits over the right to use sport statistics and game results, shrugged off early legal associations to sport gambling, survived player strikes and work stoppages, and lobbied in nearly every U