Earlier this month, Cleveland’s Major League Baseball franchise announced that it would be changing its team name after the 2021 season. The franchise has been called the Indians for more than 100 years.
It’s the second professional athletic team to move away from using Native American imagery and names. Earlier this year, the NFL’s Washington franchise retired its offensive name, and went by the moniker Washington Football Team during the 2020 season.
Ellen Staurowsky, professor of sports media in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies said that while the initial reaction in the sports world has been positive, she’s still reserving full judgement until she sees what the franchise does going forward