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There is a way to ensure poor performing teams such as Greater Western Sydney and Melbourne play to win. AAP/Lukas Coch

Playing to win: how the AFL can prevent tanking

The AFL’s recent decision on whether the Melbourne Football Club “tanked” to secure draft picks in 2009 has left many confused. While ruling that the Demons “did not set out to deliberately lose in any…
Melbourne ruckman Mark Jamar pounces on a loose ball. The Demons stand accused of deliberately losing games to gain high draft picks. AAP/Julian Smith

The Demons may have tanked, but did they break the rules?

The Melbourne Demons AFL team stand accused of deliberately ensuring their team lost matches in order to secure talented players in the draft in a process known as “tanking”. With the club facing a hearing…
Did the Melbourne Demons lose matches deliberately? Or are they simply just not very good at the game of Australian Rules football? AAP/Julian Smith

AFL and tanking: the cure might be worse than the disease

Sometimes denial is understandable. It’s no surprise that the Australian Football League maintained for so long the farcical position that “tanking’ (intentionally losing) by clubs was not a problem. It’s…

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