The 16 NRL clubs are believed issued a no-confidence vote in ARL commission chairman John Grant and called for him to be replaced.
The chairmen of all clubs have sent a letter to NRL headquarters asking for Grant to be sacked, according to The Daily Telegraph.
They have called for an emergency meeting for a vote on his future amid growing frustration over a failure to come to an agreement on club funding.
Grant needs four votes to survive.
The move has sparked speculation of a Super League style split but according to Penrith general manager of football Phil Gould that is highly unlikely.
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg has defended Grant.
“John’s a good man who works hard and always puts the game first,” Greenberg told reporters.
“And he’s continued to do that as the chairman. I have absolute faith in that.”
The NRL clubs are frustrated that they haven’t been able to reach an agreement for a year over funding amid worries they won’t get as much of the $1.8 billion TV deal as they thought.