The Guardians, Cleveland’s MLB team, have settled a lawsuit filed by a local rollerball team over naming rights for the Cleveland Guardians. According to the Associated Press, the two sides announced a “friendly resolution” on Tuesday and announced that both organizations would use the Guardian moniker.
In September, the Cleveland Guardians rolling team, which has existed since 2013, filed a lawsuit alleging that converting the MLB team’s name from Indians to Guardians violated their trademark. They also claim MLB franchises use deceptive commercial practices.
“A Major League club cannot just take the name of a smaller team and use it for its own,” the lawsuit states. “There can’t be two ‘Cleveland Defenders’ teams in Cleveland, and frankly, Plaintiffs were here first.”
Early November, Cleveland Baseball Franchise began removing the Scenario Indians logo from Progressive School when the transition to the new Guardian moniker begins.
Used Cleveland Baseball Brand India nicknamed it for over 100 years before deciding to change it – a move that stemmed from the team name being offensive to Native American groups. As a result, the team has announced that they will use the name Guardians after the 2021 season.
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