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Mark Evans talks tanking

The Melbourne ‘tanking’ controversy stemmed from the 2009 season, yet the AFL system remains the same by rewarding the lowest ranked sides on the ladder with higher draft selections.

Currently Fremantle face a dilemma which gives them ‘no incentive to win’ according to Fox Football’s David King.

‘The lower you finish, the better the pick you get… What’s the point of winning?’ King asked on the Monday night ‘On The Couch’ program.

3AW Sports Today host Gerard Healy says the AFL could be decision away from fixing the issue, which would be to introduce a lottery system for the bottom sides.

This system would not guarantee the number one draft to any particular ladder position.

AFL Operations Manager Mark Evans told the Sports Today program that a lottery doesn’t mean the tanking debate would completely subside.

‘The lottery would mitigate that a little, but people could still choose to rest Matthew Pavlich if they were flying across the country, or Aaron Sandilands,’ Evans said.

‘The question for me is do you put out a team when that team goes out to play, they are performing to that teams best ability on the day?’

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