Leggy Limerick & Stars of the Future- Talking points after Tipperary defeat Minister for Health, Simon HarrisTHE DECISION this week by Health Minister Simon Harris to listen to the voices of hundreds of women and halt the use of a medical device that is destroying their lives is to be welcomed.Undoubtedly his judgement in the matter was swayed to a great extent by concerns raised by Dooradoyle solicitor Melanie Power and the women she represents.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But a tiny, cynical doubt raises the question about how much louder these women might have had to shout had another Limerick woman, Vicky Phelan, not spoken first?The Ministerial order to suspend the use of trans vaginal mesh to treat incontinence in women follows a similar order a few weeks ago in the UK.This is only a suspension but there is little doubt in the minds of the members of Mesh Survivors Ireland that it will become an outright ban once the facts and the testimonies come to light.The pain and suffering that women have endured because these devices are slicing into vital organs and becoming enmeshed with their own body parts is indescribable.But what is almost worse is the attitude of some members of the medical profession as reported to Ms Power.Woman say they have been dismissed, sidelined, insulted when they spoke about the effects of this device on their intimate relationships. Some were even told they were suffering psychological problems when they described real pain and suffering.Which was richly ironic, considering we don’t even have a scan in this country capable of seeing the plastic mesh device once it has been implanted.Clinicians were willing to believe their own suppositions rather than listen to their patients. Up to the moment the Minister called halt on Tuesday, women were still being scheduled for the procedure to insert this device.Medical practitioners are still defending its use on the basis that it helps solve incontinence – an embarrassing problem certainly, but much less distressing than a sliced kidney.The real cost of clinical deafness and blindness has yet to be counted. WhatsApp Opinion: Ireland’s win over Wales should restore confidence Plotting a bright future for the beating heart of the Mid-West Twitter Previous articleHow Dental Implants can Change your LifeNext article‘Special’ group of players enjoying all that is before them Editor Linkedin Ten ways to transform O’Connell Street CommentNewsEditorial – Seeing sense: Medical device banBy Editor – July 27, 2018 4018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Print Facebook A light rail network would put Limerick on fast track to growth Email Editorial – Adrienne’s legacy TAGScommenteditorial
Comments Published on October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] When Syracuse and Pittsburgh made the decision to join the Atlantic Coast Conference last month, it was impossible to ignore the money.The ACC’s current TV contract with ESPN alone will bring in nearly $2 billion during the next 12 years, while the Big East conference is grinding out the last couple of years of a six-year deal worth about $200 million. Meanwhile, the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences all have TV contracts worth at least $1.1 billion.But SU Athletic Director Daryl Gross said the move to the ACC was motivated by stability, not by money.‘That’s not about the money,’ Gross said. ‘We can stay in the Big East and get the same deal in 18 months from now. So it’s not about the money. That’s totally wrong. I’ve heard that over and over. I’ve heard it nationally, I’ve heard it locally, I’ve heard it everywhere.’Jake Crouthamel, SU’s athletic director from 1978 to 2005 and who played a key role in the formation of the Big East in 1979, isn’t buying it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Well, I can’t disagree with Daryl about the stability,’ Crouthamel said. ‘But when you translate that, that means dollars. If you look at the TV contract that the ACC has and the TV contract that the Big East has, there’s hardly any comparison. So you go where the money is.’Although it is unclear if Syracuse’s decision to join the ACC was motivated by money, there’s no doubt that the ACC provides a more comfortable financial situation. Whether it’s the lucrative TV contract with ESPN that is currently being renegotiated, the practice of equal revenue sharing in the ACC or the past financial benefits felt by Virginia Tech after it left the Big East for the ACC in 2004, Syracuse athletics can expect a boost in profits whenever it begins play in the ACC.TV contractLast July, ESPN and the ACC reached a 12-year agreement for exclusive rights to every conference-controlled football and men’s basketball game, plus Olympic sports matchups, women’s basketball and conference championships. The deal, worth $1.86 billion over 12 years, began this season and is set to run through 2022-23.But with the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh last month, the ACC was able to reopen contract negotiations with ESPN. The ACC recently announced that it had begun talks to renegotiate the TV deal, although the current agreement — worth $155 million a year — is worth more than twice the annual amount of the previous contract.The current ACC TV deal pays each of the 12 conference members about $12.9 million a year, an amount that the new deal is expected to eclipse when it’s reached, according to the SportsBusiness Journal.The Big East’s current TV deal with ESPN is worth $216 million over six years and expires in 2012-13 for men’s basketball and 2013-14 for football. The Big East voted to turn down a contract offer from ESPN in May worth $1.4 billion over nine years after the Pac-12 signed a 12-year, $2.7 billion deal with Fox Sports and ESPN.‘I think what’s important to know is that there was a time where we had way more than the majority vote to accept that deal,’ Gross said in reference to Big East negotiations back in May.John Paquette, associate commissioner of the Big East, said conference members decided that it would be better to wait to reach an agreement with ESPN on the heels of the Pac-12 deal reached days earlier.‘I thought the deal could’ve been done prior, and it probably would’ve been the glue for the league really,’ Gross said. ‘I always feel like a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. And I personally thought it was, at the worst, an ‘A-‘ type of deal.’Crouthamel, the former athletic director, believes the Big East members voted down the contract in May because they were hoping to get more money in light of the Pac-12 TV agreement.‘If they had known what the consequences were going to be, I think they would’ve accepted it then,’ he said.Conference distributionsIn the ACC, equal revenue sharing is ‘sacred,’ said ACC Commissioner John Swofford during a Sept. 18 teleconference. At the end of each year, the conference distributes shares to its members, splitting TV revenue equally among them.In the Big East, the revenue from the TV contract goes into the conference’s general pool. Each conference member receives one dispersal from the Big East for football and another for basketball. For football, TV money is put in the revenue pool along with money from bowl partners before it is distributed to Big East members.Unlike the ACC, some adjustments are made to the amounts given to each Big East member. The changes are based on the number of national television appearances a school makes, the distance a school has to travel for a bowl game and the prominence of the bowl a school attends.In 2009-10, Syracuse received $3.3 million from the Big East for football and $4.2 million for basketball.In the 2009-10 season, the football team went 4-8 in head coach Doug Marrone’s first year, and the men’s basketball team won the Big East regular-season title before losing to Butler in the Sweet 16.That same year, the Wake Forest football team was only a game better than the Orange at 5-7 and the basketball team made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. But the Demon Deacons received a distribution from the ACC of $10.8 million, according to the ACC’s most recent Internal Revenue Service Form 990 report. That was the lowest share of the conference’s 12 member schools.Though the ACC shares its revenue equally among its members, the amounts of shares differ on the 990 report because the form takes into account reimbursements to teams for the conference championship. TV revenue and postseason payouts, among other variables, are also included in the shares.The nearly $3.5 million difference between Wake Forest’s share and Syracuse’s share in 2009-10 can add up over time.‘If you take that $3.5 million and you times it by 10, you’re $30.5 million behind, right, as far as where they are and where they are resource-wise,’ Gross said. ‘So that’s significant, you know.’Of the Big East’s eight schools that compete in basketball and football, Syracuse had the lowest share at $7.5 million in 2009-10. The next lowest share was Louisville at $8.02 million. The Big East’s highest share was given to West Virginia at $10,427,259, still more than $400,000 less than the lowest share in the ACC.Gross said that equal revenue sharing in the ACC has its advantages and disadvantages.‘You want to be able to say, ‘This is what we know we can expect this year,” Gross said. ‘But what I applaud in the Big East was that it was a competitive deal. So if you finish first, you got rewarded for being first, and there was a structure like that.’For Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist and the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College in Massachusetts, equal revenue sharing is the better model — and not just because it offers more financial stability to members. Zimbalist said dividing revenue based on performance is inappropriate and goes against the amateur ideal of college sports.Zimbalist also knows that distribution models like the Big East’s allow for a dominant team to earn a larger share of its conference’s revenue.‘But it’s also possible that Syracuse could be a weaker team, even in the Big East or certainly in the ACC, so to have this security of an equal revenue sharing model is desirable,’ he said.Looking to the pastHistory proves that Syracuse’s entrance into the ACC — whenever that might be — will result in a larger payday.And it’s not necessary to look any further back than 2003, when Virginia Tech decided to leave the Big East for the ACC.Virginia Tech had its football and men’s basketball revenues jump about $4.56 million from its last year in the Big East in 2003-04 to its first year in the ACC in 2004-05. After losing about $232,000 from men’s basketball in 2003-04, Virginia Tech netted $3.17 million the following year as a member of the ACC. Football net revenue increased about $800,000, from $10.6 million as a member of the Big East to $11.4 million in its first year in the ACC.But Syracuse will also be confronted with more expenses when it makes the move.By switching conferences, many schools are confronted with additional travel expenses, Zimbalist said. But the ACC tries to schedule Olympic, nonrevenue sports with grouped games to limit the costs associated with travel. Gross said the ACC schedule will call for about a 100-mile travel difference for Syracuse.Rob Edson, former chief financial officer of athletics and senior associate athletic director at SU, said financial struggles are nothing new in college sports.‘It’s a challenge to keep up with the rise in costs, but that challenge has been there since I started in intercollegiate athletics more than 20 years ago, and it will probably be there long after I depart from intercollegiate athletics,’ said Edson, now the athletic director at Onondaga Community College.And those struggles and the search for financial stability are driving conference realignment around the country, said Crouthamel, the former athletic director.‘You got to do what you got to do — it’s a survival game,’ he said. ‘It’s not a fun game, it’s a survival game. And you got to do what is in your best interest at the time and then do it. And let the consequences come five, 10 years later — who knows what the consequences will be across the board.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor only averaged 3.6 yards per carry against USC last year, but the sophomore’s running skills are causing a stir headed into this year’s match.The 6-foot-6 quarterback took over as the Buckeyes’ primary signal-caller last year after splitting snaps with Todd Boeckman in the USC game and led the team to a 8-1 record as a starter. The former blue-chip recruit dazzled fans with his running skills, including a 110-yard performance against Illinois.Casey cured · Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (91), who is recovering from the flu, will be one of the Trojans chasing down Terelle Pryor. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanWith the Buckeyes undergoing an offensive overhaul in the offseason, Pryor has become the focal point of the Ohio State attack.Much has been made of Pryor’s maturation as a pocket passer this offseason, but the Trojans are still respecting his abilities as a runner.“He’s doing the right thing, developing and taking pride in becoming an all around complete football player, and he looks like that,” USC coach Pete Carroll said at his weekly press conference. “He’s going to be a great quarterback.”Dual-threat quarterbacks have given USC trouble in the past, like in 2007 when Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon ran for 76 yards in a 24-17 Ducks win in Eugene, Ore.Defensive coaches have emphasized disciplined play and gang tackling as a way to contain Pryor on Saturday.“It’s kind of frustrating to have to chase down a fast guy like that,” defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said. “But we know we can get him as long as we keep our outside contain. You just can’t let a guy like that get outside.”Casey and cornerback Kevin Thomas returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out the last two days with the flu. Both are expected to be able to start on Saturday in Columbus.The 6-foot-1 Casey said he felt “90 percent” healthy and that he was confident he would be at full speed come gametime.“I’m not completely over it, but I’m good enough to be out here with my teammates,” Casey said.uCarroll said Wednesday that USC wouldn’t have as much information on the Ohio State defense because it faced an unorthodox first opponent in Navy, which runs the triple option.Although the Midshipmen racked up 198 rushing yards and came within a two-point conversion of forcing overtime last Saturday, Carroll noted that their attack was difficult to counter. The Trojans’ pro-style offense is preparing for a few different looks than the ones the Buckeyes displayed last week.“This one game in particular looking at their defense — it doesn’t help us very much,” Carroll said. “We would think we have a feel for them, but we don’t really know. They could have done some new stuff in the offseason, so we have to be ready to adapt.”The Buckeyes lost four starters from last year to the NFL, but quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates said there was plenty of talent left on Ohio State’s roster.“They have five or six guys who are going to make it into the league. They have a lot of speed and a lot of power, so they’re going to be hard to go against,” he said.