Nine won’t be making its quarterly broadcast payment to the NRL, due on Wednesday.
Nine-owned newspapers reported Nine wants to renegotiate its current rights deal to extend beyond 2022, that would see the clubs play a major part in the running of the sport.
The NRL has met over the past week with both Nine and FOX Sports.
While Nine is reportedly unenthusiastic about the idea of a 15-round season running from September to December, Foxtel / Kayo is more reliant on proceeding.
Last weekend ratings were down for the free to air network while FOX League enjoyed an eight per cent increase.
Fox also recorded a record share of audience with 297,000 viewers against Nine’s 382,000 for the Broncos v Rabbitohs match.
It was FOX League’s fifth highest rating Friday night regular season game of all-time while for Nine the blockbuster clash was 12 per cent down on the round one match-up between the Cowboys and Broncos.