The Major League franchise will announce as early as next week that they will move away from their Indians moniker that has been criticized as racist, The New York Times reported on Sunday night.
It follows the NFL Washington Football Team’s decision in July to stop using the name Redskins.
Cleveland similar to the Redskins, has one of the most storied franchises in American sports history.
It’s not clear what the team’s new name will be and if they will be taking any steps beyond the transition.
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.
I’m voting for Cleveland Snowflakes since it fits best.
Indians Won’t Change Name Until 2022
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 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.