Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V'Landys has revealed kick-off time for State of Origin matches will be on the discussion agenda at end of year meetings.
Kick-off for Origin matches has gradually become later and later in recent years.
While 'kick-off bingo' was a favourite of rugby league fans on Origin night in years gone by, the start times have moved closer to their advertised time recently.
It's the advertised time though which V'Landys and the commission have a problem with.
All three games will move back to a Wednesday night next year, with a 17th club forcing the NRL season to expand to 26 rounds thanks to a bye being included in every week of the regular season, however, 8:10pm (AEST) start times for the mid-week fixtures, and finish times of around 10pm (AEST) could be a thing of the past.
Speaking to News Corp, V'Landys acknowledged that Channel 9 - as rights holders - will still have a significant say in the timing of Origin kick-off, but the aim of the NRL must be to make it a kid-friendly game.
“When you sell broadcast rights, you have to balance your partners commercial rights and looking after the fans,’’ V’landys said.
“We respect Nine’s commercial opportunities that come with showcasing State of Origin and Mike Sneesby (CEO of Nine) in particular, has been a fantastic partner to work with.
“But without fans, there is no game and I certainly want to look after the fans. I’ve said for a long time we want a kid-friendly time and we’ll certainly be discussing it."
While Wednesday night Origin would make it impossible to start the game at a far earlier time, it's believed that the NRL will at the very least push for 7:50pm (AEST) kick-off times, as they are on Thursday and Friday evenings, although even earlier could be preferable from a family point of view.