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Guardians baseball team reaches naming agreement with roller derby club

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Guardians baseball team reaches naming agreement with roller derby club

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Nov 17
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The naming dispute between Cleveland’s Roller Derby team and Cleveland’s MLB team has come to an amicable conclusion. Now the city will have two teams named the Guardians.

“The Cleveland Guardians Baseball Company, LLC and Guardians Roller Derby are pleased to announce an amicable resolution of the lawsuit filed by Guardians Roller Derby, whereby both organizations will continue to use the Guardians name,” the announcement read.

No other terms of the agreement were disclosed.

The disagreement started when the Cleveland Guardians Roller Derby team filed a naming rights lawsuit against MLB’s Cleveland Guardians — formerly the Indians — in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on October 27.

“A Major League club cannot simply take a smaller team’s name and use it for itself,” the lawsuit said. “There cannot be two ‘Cleveland Guardians’ teams in Cleveland, and, to be blunt, Plaintiff was here first.”

The baseball team went by the Indians from 1915 through 2021. In 2019, Cleveland announced it would stop the use of the Chief Wahoo logo on its uniform.

After ongoing pressure from the Native American communities across the country to change the racist depiction of the club logo, Cleveland’s MLB club announced the new team’s name would be the Guardians in July and plans to use the name for the 2022 MLB season.

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