On 19 December, representatives of clubs affiliated with the Australian Rugby League gathered at the Sydney Football Stadium to decide whether to accept News Limited's offer of a settlement – eventually voting in favour by 36 votes to 4.As a result, in the following months the National Rugby League, jointly owned by the ARL and News Limited, was formed.
It contains clubs from the original Sydney club Rugby League competition, which had been running continuously since 1908.
The NRL formed in the aftermath of the 1990s' Super League war as a joint partnership between the Australian governing body, the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and media giant News Corporation-controlled Super League, This partnership was dissolved in February 2012, with control of the NRL going to the independently formed Australian Rugby League Commission.
It is the most viewed and attended rugby league club competition in the world.
The National Rugby League is Australia's top-level domestic rugby-league club competition.
The National Rugby League (NRL) is the top league of professional rugby league men's clubs in Australasia.
Run by the Australian Rugby League Commission, the NRL's main competition is known as the Telstra Premiership due to sponsorship from Telstra Corporation and is contested by sixteen teams, fifteen of which are based in Australia with one based in New Zealand.
The 1999 NRL Grand Final brought about a new official world record attendance for a game of rugby league.
107,999 spectators saw the Melbourne Storm defeat the newly created St.
NRL matches are played in Australia and New Zealand from March to October.