BREAKING NEWS: Cleveland Indians ‘will drop its team name’ after 105 years following protests from fans and Native American groups
The Cleveland Indians will drop their team name after 105 years and countless protests from fans and Native American groups, a report claims.
The Major League franchise will announce as early as next week that they will move away from label that has been criticized as racist, The New York Times reported on Sunday night.
It follows the Washington Football Team’s decision in July to stop using the name Redskins.
It’s not clear what the team’s new name will be and if they will be taking any steps beyond the transition.
The Cleveland Indians will drop their team name after 105 years and countless protests from fans and Native American groups, a report claims. Manager Terry Francoma is pictured in the dugout in 2019
Replacing a major sport’s franchise’s name is a very costly change because of the new uniforms, merchandise and stadium signs that need replacing.
Cleveland also has one of the most storied histories in the Major League.
One source told the New York Times that Cleveland planned to keep the Indians names and uniforms for the 2021 season, and the shift to a new identity will begin in 2022.
The team started to move away from their Indians identity when they stopped using their mascot, Chief Wahoo.
Other major sports organizations including the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta Braves have insisted a name change is not in their plans.
More to follow