Channel 9 may cover WAFL football next year if the ABC does not take up its one-year option to broadcast the 2013 season.
ABC television chiefs will meet the WA Football Commission in Perth this week for negotiations over WAFL coverage.
The current deal gives the ABC an option to cover the WAFL next year subject to the competition meeting performance indicators.
The ABC refused to identify the key indicators but they are understood to include better ratings than last season.
An ABC spokesman admitted ratings were down this year but refused to give figures. Official OzTam figures show WAFL numbers have plummeted with only 24,000 people watching East Fremantle play Subiaco on Saturday.
Just 10,000 saw Claremont's clash with Peel this month.Channel Nine Perth managing director Paul Bowen confirmed negotiations with the WAFL.
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