Cleveland team name must be changed

Paul Dolan, owner of Cleveland’s Major League Baseball franchise, says the team has made a decision.

After 105 years carrying a name many deem racist and offensive, that name will be changed. “It’s time,” Dolan said.

Fantastic. Let’s get that ball rolling then, shall we?

Not so fast. Dolan says he does not know what the team’s new name will be or when it will change.

And until it does … the old name will remain — through the next season, at least.

Referring to the National Football League’s Washington Football Team, which this season made the right decision to change its name, Dolan seemed less committed to the switch.

“We don’t want to be the Cleveland Baseball Team or some other interim name,” he said.

However, in the same interview with the Associated Press, Dolan also said his team’s former name “is no longer acceptable in our world.”

Which is it, then? Is the old name racist, offensive and “no longer acceptable;” or is it all right to keep using for at least another season?

If Dolan truly believes it will take at least another year to come up with a new name, what in the world is wrong with being called the Cleveland Baseball Team until that time? Washington was able to make its switch rather quickly, after a decision announced in July.

By the way, despite dropping the caricatured Chief Wahoo from his team’s jerseys and hats in 2019, Dolan’s team still sells merchandise bearing the figure.

Dolan says that is OK, though, because any profits from future sales of Wahoo items will go to Native American organizations. FUTURE sales.

Again, either the logo and name are acceptable or they aren’t.

Larry Nance Jr., a forward for the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers, and a Cleveland native, is right.

“To me, if the Native American people don’t appreciate that name, then it’s time to go,” he said. “I’m not just a fan of the Cleveland Indians, I’m a fan of Cleveland baseball.

If they change their name to whatever it may be — the Spiders, the Guardians, whatever it is — I’m still going to be a fan.”

If he is truly on board with the reason for deciding to drop his team’s name, Dolan’s choice seems simple.

Drop the name and Chief Wahoo, now.


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