Indians Changing "Inappropriate" MLB Logo In 2019

VIA Deadspin:

Patrick Redford - The Cleveland Indians will no longer sport images of their racist  mascot Chief Wahoo on team uniforms starting in 2019. Major League  Baseball announced the change this morning, saying in a statement that the caricature was “no longer appropriate for use on the field.”

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has been trying to pressure Indians owner Paul Dolan to change the logo for a few years now, and he may have finally found the right leverage point. The Cleveland Scene reports that team ownership agreed to phase it out as a condition of getting to  host the 2019 All-Star Game. Dolan released a statement, acknowledging  that while the team’s fans may be attached to the racist caricature,  it’s still a racist caricature.

We have consistently  maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the  discussion. While we recognize many of our fans have a longstanding  attachment to Chief Wahoo, I’m ultimately in agreement with Commissioner  Manfred’s desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019.

Still, the team will retain the trademark on Chief Wahoo,  and will continue to sell merchandise with the logo in 2019 and beyond.  MLB’s website won’t sell Wahoo gear, though by retaining the rights and  keeping another party from manufacturing items bearing the logo, the  Indians can continue to profit. We reached out to MLB for further  details about the team’s plans, and we’ll update this post if we hear  back.


 
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