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Report: Cleveland Indians Announce Name Change Coming in 2022

The Cleveland Indians are the latest professional sports franchise to agree to a name change due to outside pressure, according to an article from the New York Times. Many consider the name “Indians” a racial slur.

The Washington Football Team moved on from the “Redskins” name earlier this year for the same reason.

People have been coming after a lot of franchises lately. Why? Because public and corporate pressure is so strong that it’s not worth fighting — or that’s how some ownership groups feel, at least.

Now, Cleveland’s baseball franchise will be the next to join in on the shift.

It’s unknown what the new team name will be, but we do know it isn’t supposed to go into effect until 2022. The current name and uniforms will be used throughout the 2021 season.

There are still a few professional sports teams holding on to a Native American identity, however. Those teams include the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Blackhawks.

If those franchises face the kind of pressure Washington did from major sponsors like Nike, Pepsi and FedEx, there is no guarantee those teams will stay the course.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. MLB has been thin ice with their shrinking fan base for a while. That ice got even thinner last season when they had the labor fight, turned their opening weekend into a creepy indoctrination ceremony for the BLM cult, and postponed a whole slate of games to honor a thuggish kidnapper who resisted arrest. Now teams are changing their names to please beta sportswriters and losers on twitter? Ok then.

  2. Indian is a racist word now? Wow. Just stop naming teams then. Just do like in soccer. Cleveland Baseball Club. That’s going to be the norm now. Or maybe time to use a corporate sponsor. The Cleveland Coca Cola. Yikes.

  3. Mr. Dolan,
    You will destroy 100 years of memories and history to appease 2 old broads who write for USA Today and a handful of LWSJ warriors who DON’T GO TO YOUR GAMES……
    You explain that you are a SMALL MARKET team , if you follow these HACKS and change the name you have effectively turned your back on the loyal fans and will turn this great franchise in to a MINI MARKET team.
    Shame on you , Cleveland deserves better !

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