What if say the kiwis and the rest of the pacific teams applied to join the arlc? I noticed that the 14 clubs plus the 2 state leagues are part of the arlc. The majority if not all of the tv money comes from the nrl and origin. I wonder if they pacific teams all joined that the arlc could create a tv bid that included a 6 nations at the end of the season. The money from the tv deal then would be divided amongst the pacific teams and an actual prioritising of the international game as there would be no conflict of interest.
Now I know this would never happen but just trying to think of ways you could get buy in from the nrl to shorten the season and build an international comp that could draw the interest of fox or even a paramount. You could then sell different packages to different broadcasters.