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Fairest and best? Status counts in the Brownlow Medal

  • Written by Liam Lenten, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University
Fairest and best? Status counts in the Brownlow Medal

Tonight is the AFL’s annual night of nights, the red-carpet spectacular known as the Brownlow Medal vote count.

The Brownlow is awarded to the season’s “fairest and best” player. But is the way the medal gets decided really the fairest?

Research I’ve done with Aaron Smith of Loughborough University suggests footballers...

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