Once upon a time, it was gentlemanly to stand til ladies were seated. Now it's a law suit for discrimination.
20 years from now.
Once upon a time, the uni games were a piss-up. Now they are (some superlative, you can choose).
Uni's are Aust wide, in fierce competition with each other, are govt and privately funded, already have a built in structure of sorts, (some uni's)are already getting involved with NBL and several other sports. All would have good to excellent standard of facilities and collegiate support staff by the 100's as part of their studies.
USC (University of the Sunshine Coast), for example, have been the major sponsor of the netball success story called Lightning, have just signed on with the Brisbane Bullets, sponsor RipCity in the QBL, Aust swimming teams, field atheletics, impaired swimmers and atheletes, and, have their own social sports club, the Spartans (nothing to do with Southern Districts). And, their facilities are available to community based sports (eg; RipCity in the QBL and for their junior and domestic schedules).
I even envisage a situation where business people with philanthropist attitudes could be more easily attracted to support teams with "noble" association (higher education).
With all that as positives, til all the doubters destroy my faith, does it not make sense to, at least, consider unie's as a 2nd tier comp?