Plans to drop the name can be announced in the week, a person with knowledge of the choice told USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale. The person wasn’t approved to publicly discuss the plans because of the forthcoming announcement.
Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will be dropping the “Indians” nickname.A brand new team name can not be immediately announced. The New York Times was the first to report the news Sunday night.
The timetable for when a brand new name can be selected isn’t entirely clear. Per the Times’ reporting, the “Indians” name could stay in place for the upcoming 2021 MLB season.
Cleveland’s move far from Indians follows an analogous call earlier this year by the NFL’s Washington Soccer Team, which was previously known as the Redskins.
For years, Native American groups and others have protested against Cleveland’s use of Indians as its name plus alternative imagery utilized by the American League charter franchise founded in 1901.
Last year, the team removed the contentious Chief Wahoo emblem from its caps and jerseys, but the smiling, cartoonish mascot has remained well-liked and merchandise remains sold bearing its image.
The Indians have treated a backlash from fans upset over Chief Wahoo’s removal and the club is definite to listen to a lot of with the choice to vary its name. President Trump weighed in with a number of the first backlash from his Twitter account on Sunday night:
Oh no! What is going on? This is not good news, even for “Indians”. Cancel culture at work!” Trump tweeted.
In July, Cleveland said it was “committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.” This came just hours after Washington’s plans became known once being pressured by many sponsors, together with FedEx, that holds naming rights to the soccer’s team’s stadium.
In July, Cleveland said it was “committed to participating our community and appropriate stakeholders to see the simplest path forward with regard to our team name.” This came simply hours once Washington’s plans became known when being pressured by several sponsors, as well as FedEx, that holds naming rights to the soccer’s team’s stadium.
A few days after Cleveland’s July statement, manager Terry Francona said it was time to “move forward” with the name change.
I’ve been pondering it and been pondering it before we have a tendency to put out that statement,” said Francona, who has been with the club since 2013.
I apprehend within the past, once I’ve been asked concerning, whether or not it’s our name or the Chief Wahoo, I assume I would typically answer and say I understand that we tend to’re never attempting to be disrespectful.
And I still feel that approach. However I do not suppose that’s a good enough answer nowadays. I assume it’s time to move forward. It’s a very troublesome subject. It’s additionally delicate.”
In November, USA NOWADAYS Sports’ Bob Nightengale reported that a change of name appeared inevitable, even with the team still during a “listening and learning” phase, per a Cleveland spokesperson at that point.