David Koch slams reports fans of Adelaide and Perth teams may have to PAY to see teams play live


Furious David Koch and WA Premier slam push to make fans of Adelaide and Perth teams PAY to see their sides play live under new AFL TV deal: ‘It would be a sad day for Australia’

  • David Koch said no free-to-air AFL coverage in both states would hurt the game
  • New AFL TV deal from 2024 could see supporters forced to get pay television
  • Supporters of Power, Crows (SA) as well as Eagles and Dockers (WA) are livid 
  • On Facebook, WA Premier Mark McGowan called on AFL to not abandon his state

TV personality David Koch has slammed reports footy fans in Adelaide and Perth may have to pay to see their teams play as part of the AFL’s new TV deal.

The long-serving Port Adelaide chairman and Sunrise co-host told viewers on Tuesday that it would be a ‘disaster’ for supporters in both states if the proposed deal came to fruition.

‘Nothing annoys Port Adelaide fans more than watching a game on delay, let alone not being able to access it on free-to-air in the first place,’ Koch said. 

Under the controversial proposal, live matches involving the Port Adelaide Power, Adelaide Crows, West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers may only be available on pay TV service Foxtel from 2024.

As it stands, current fixtures involving the four teams in both states are broadcast on Channel Seven – often on delay.

Seven holds the free-to-air rights, while the pay TV rights held by Foxtel are set to expire at the end of next year.

TV personality David Koch (pictured right) has slammed reports footy fans in Adelaide and Perth may have to pay to see their teams in action live as part of new AFL TV deal

Under the controversial proposal, matches involving the Port Adelaide Power, Adelaide Crows, West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers may only be available on pay TV service Foxtel from 2024 (pictured, Koch's Power in action versus the Kangaroos)

Under the controversial proposal, matches involving the Port Adelaide Power, Adelaide Crows, West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers may only be available on pay TV service Foxtel from 2024 (pictured, Koch’s Power in action versus the Kangaroos)

According to 7 News, negotiations with their own network and Foxtel remain ongoing, while ViacomCBS owned Network Ten and Paramount+, as well as Nine Entertainment are also reportedly in the mix for the new TV deal with the AFL.

WA Premier Mark McGowan also weighed into the discussion, calling on the AFL to resist any move to abandon free-to-air coverage in his state.

‘Free-to-air TV coverage of our local footy teams goes a long way to growing the game from the junior grassroots level, to country footy and all the way to professional level,’ McGowan wrote on Facebook.

‘It would be a sad day for Australia if people lost the opportunity to watch the football for free.

‘I’d strongly urge the AFL to stick with free-to-air viewing of football.’

As it stands, current fixtures involving the four AFL teams based in WA and SA are broadcast on Channel 7 - often on delay (pictured, Dockers great Nat Fyfe)

As it stands, current fixtures involving the four AFL teams based in WA and SA are broadcast on Channel 7 – often on delay (pictured, Dockers great Nat Fyfe)

WA Premier Mark McGowan also weighed into the discussion, calling on the AFL to not abandon free-to-air coverage in his state

WA Premier Mark McGowan also weighed into the discussion, calling on the AFL to not abandon free-to-air coverage in his state

As reported by The Australian earlier this month, Ten and the AFL have discussed a ‘knockout bid’ for exclusive AFL rights – including streaming options – for a whopping $3billion across five years. 

Seven and Foxtel will pay a combined $946million for the 2023 and 2024 AFL season coverage.

Ten already has a $200million deal in place to broadcast the A-League for five years, with matches screened on Paramount+. 

The deal was plagued by low ratings and a series of embarrassing technical issues in the 2021-22 season.

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