The Indians settle the lawsuit with the Guardians Roller team

The Indians settle the lawsuit with the Guardians Roller team

Cleveland The Cleveland Indians have resolved a lawsuit brought by the local Roller Derby team over the Guardians’ naming rights, the last hurdle for a Major League baseball team to continue changing it.

The two sides jointly announced a “friendly decision” on Tuesday, saying the two organizations would continue to use the Guardians. No other terms of the agreement were disclosed.

The legal dispute delayed the Indians’ transition to the Guardians, which would soon become official. The American League franchise has been known as the Indians since 1915.

Next season the club will be called The Guardians, a name chosen after a year-long process that emerged from a national reckoning around racial names and symbols.

Last month, the Cleveland Guardians Roller Derby team, which was formed in 2013, filed a lawsuit alleging that switching from Indians to Guardians infringed on its trademark and used deceptive business practices, violating state law.


“A major club cannot simply take the name of a smaller team and use it for itself,” the lawsuit said. “There can’t be two teams of the Cleveland Guardians in Cleveland, and to be honest, the plaintiff was here first.”

The Indians had been hoping to make Guardians merchandise available to the masses this month as the holidays approached.

This month, the baseball team began removing banners in and around Progressive Field.


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