Cleveland MLB team to change name: reports

Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will change its team name amid criticism that it is racist, the New York Times and ESPN reported on Sunday.

The team has carried the same name for 105 years. CBC Sports has not independently confirmed the reports.

The move would follow a similar decision by the Washington Football Team of the NFL, which bowed to public pressure and announced it would change its name before the start of the 2020 season. Edmonton’s CFL franchise also announced that it would be changing its team name in July.

For years, Indigenous groups and others have protested against Cleveland’s use of its name as well as other imagery used by the team.

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