West Perth Falcons settle Channel 9 signage WAFL TV blue with Channel 7

West Perth games will be televised without the Nine News logo on players’ jumpers. Picture: Dan White
West Perth games will be televised without the Nine News logo on players’ jumpers. Picture: Dan White

CHANNEL 9 signage on the Arena Joondalup boundary could be removed for Channel 7’s WAFL preliminary final broadcast but the scoreboard sponsorship will stay, according to West Perth chief executive David Crute.

After a season-long TV blackout because West Perth’s Channel 9 jumper sponsorship clashed with the WAFL TV rights holder, the Falcons have come to a compromise with the WA Football Commission that will allow their finals games to be televised.

West Perth faces East Perth in the preliminary final in Joondalup on Sunday.

The Nine News logo on the clubs’ jumpers will be replaced with that of Nine-backed charity Variety WA.

In addition, the WAFC will make a $25,000 donation to the charity.

Mr Crute labelled the outcome a “big relief”.

“I was always confident we were going to have a resolution,” he said.

“The club doesn’t want to be in a situation where we are holding up the rest of the competition in terms of the broadcast not going ahead.

“We’re thrilled with the magnanimous gesture of Channel 9 to agree to uphold the full amount of our sponsorship and to negotiate a $25,000 donation to Variety WA.”

He said the club “might” have to remove Channel 9 signage from the perimeter of their home ground for telecasts but the scoreboard logo would remain.

“That’s been on the table all the way along (in negotiations),” he said.