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.

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As part of another image makeover, a number of teams also released new club logos.

The most notable of these was the Sydney Roosters, dropping the City section of their name for the 2000 season and beyond.

This was attempted in 1995 with control of the premiership passing from the NSWRFL to the Australian Rugby League (ARL), who invited four more teams from outside NSW to participate in 1995.

Ultimately this competition failed, but in its demise the National Rugby League was born, incorporating the traditional Sydney clubs, successfully coercing the Sydney market to follow the newly created national competition.

Following a period of negotiation with News Corporation, on 23 September 1997 the ARL announced that it was forming a new company to conduct the competition in 1998.

On 7 October News' Manaaki Ranginui announced that he was confident that there would be a single competition in 1998.

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.

Further expansion of the league followed in 1988, with another three teams based outside Sydney introduced to the competition; the Newcastle Knights and the first two Queensland teams, the Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast-Tweed Giants.