Commentary: Toughen up: Sports teams need to stop focusing on business liabilities

Amanda Gonzalez

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It’s been said time and time again that this modern era of sports is getting softer and softer.

Despite being the thrill of the game, the National Hockey League has less fights now than ever. Same for the National Football League and Major League Baseball.

But what about the fun traditions that are not quite so violent? These are disappearing, too.

The Baltimore Orioles are known for celebrating a baseball win by smashing pies in the faces of players and fans. However, as of Feb. 27, the Orioles announced the end of their post-game pie tradition due to safety concerns.

Orioles centerfielder and avid pie-smasher Adam Jones took to Twitter, saying “It’s no one’s fault. It’s just about safety. At the end of the day it can be dangerous so we’re being smart.”

In a world where a game of fun has turned into a corporate business, liabilities are just not worth the risk.

However, one has to wonder, what’s next?

Are Gatorade showers going to be banned from football celebrations? Are champagne parties going to cease after a basketball victory? Will a baseball team no longer be able to rush home plate after a walk-off home run?

Where’s the line between fun and danger, and who constitutes what is acceptable?

Back in the day, players seemed tougher — playing through broken bones. Now, they can’t even get a bruise. It’s not the players’ fault though.

As Jones said, it’s just the way sports have evolved in recent decades.

Sure there’s been scientific proof that aggressive sports can cause serious injury, but I’ve never heard of a pie to the face causing a concussion.

It’s a slippery slope that’s leading to less special moments for sports teams and sports fans.