After weeks of negotiations, the NRL, Channel Nine and Fox Sports have agreed to an additional 18 rounds commencing on May 28 after COVID-19 halted the season after two weeks of action.
At first, deemed ambitious the NRL is now on the verge of pulling off one of the greatest escape acts in Australian sport.
Financial issues burdened the code, after the outbreak of coronavirus stopped all sporting competitions and highlighted the governing body's dire predicament.
Though now the NRL can continue its plans to provide a complete season of rugby league action and be the first major sport to return to the field.
ARLC chairman Peter V'landys met with Nine boss Hugh Marks and Foxtel chief executive Patrick Delany as all three ironed out the finer details for the continuation of the current campaign.
"Today is a landmark day for rugby league in 2020,” V’landys said. "This is a great outcome for our players, fans, partners and stakeholders.
"It’s safer now to play then it was in round two when we were playing.
"The daily infection rate in NSW was 25.79% when the last game was played. It has been now less than 1% in NSW for the last 18 days and is continuing to drop. There has also been a significant improvement in the recovery rate, being 75% in NSW and 83% in Australia.
“Our players will be safer under our protocols than they would be as regular members of the community."
An additional 18 rounds on top of the two already completed has been confirmed, and the Grand Final has been moved back to October 25.
Though a venue hasn't been finalised, the NRL reportedly hopes the SCG will be available if the T20 Cricket World Cup gets postponed. If not, the season decider is expected to be held at Parramatta's Bankwest Stadium.
All 16 clubs will commence training on May 4 ahead of the season's resumption three weeks later. Though all teams will need to adhere to the NRL's rigorous biosecurity measures.
State of Origin as expected will be played after the season concludes. It will run for three consecutive weeks throughout November.