Is it time up for the Scottish Football League?
The Scottish Football League has survived two world wars but is it about to be killed off in a battle where the forces of both the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Premier League are pitched against it?
SFA chief executive Stewart Regan has called for one body to oversee Scotland's leagues and he wants to see a pyramid system support the senior ranks.
And the latter issue could prove to be the Trojan Horse for the SFL's survival hopes.
The SFL has dragged its heels on relegation from its lowest tier, fearful that a member club has nowhere to go at present, with no organised national structure outside of its own set up.
But their stance, while understandable from the point of view of self-preservation, offends against the notion of meritocracy and leaves many sizeable communities such as Galashiels and Inverurie, to name but two, without any real chance of competing in a truly national league.
The SPL has been rightly criticised for its miserly and unfair position of allowing only one club to come up per season from the First Division.
But that could change with the SPL now considering the incentive of play-offs to reach the top flight.
The trade-off though, will be that the SFL agrees to allow promotion and relegation from the Third Division, meaning that a pyramid system must be put in place to accommodate that.
The SFL look after Divisions One, Two and Three and the League Cup
The First Division clubs seem certain to vote in favour of such a set up given the potential carrot on offer of at least a season in the top flight with lucrative matches.
But the Second and Third Division clubs may be less keen on the prospect of some upstart from outside replacing them in their cosy berth at some stage in the future.
At the moment one stumbling block to the aspirations of clubs wanting to join the national league is that they fail to meet certain licensing standards.
But the SFL clubs enjoy a guaranteed amount of money every season from the SFL pot.
So, by dint of history, they have an inbuilt advantage over those in the Highland League, East of Scotland league and the Juniors, who might well wish to join the SFL but cannot afford to do so, even if there was a route in.
So what if the SFL clubs do not agree to this request for a pyramid structure?
The possibility is that the SPL will simply invite First Division clubs to come under their umbrella and leave the SFL.
What is then left will be a rump of part-time clubs, who may well argue about parachute payments and the like in perpetuity but are unlikely to have the stomach or the finances to mount any fight, legally or otherwise.
No one thought the SFA would ever change, but this week's vote proved then wrong.
Similarly, those who have blocked progress for their own reasons must now be aware of the combined forces of change lining up for further radical transformation.
I suspect the odds are now stacked against the SFL.
What remains to be seen is whether this unequal struggle ends in the almighty annihilation of a body with well over a century of history and tradition, or concludes with dignified terms of surrender.