MLB's Cleveland franchise to drop Indians name, according to reports

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CLEVELAND, OHIO, UNITED STATES (FILE - SEPTEMBER 29, 2020) (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES')

1. STILL PHOTO OF CLEVELAND INDIANS STARTING PITCHER SHANE BIEBER THROWING A PITCH DURING PLAYOFF GAME V NEW YORK YANKEES

2. STILL PHOTO OF CLEVELAND MANAGER SANDY ALOMAR, JR (WITH MASK ON) WALKING BACK TO DUGOUT AFTER MEETING WITH PLAYERS DURING PLAYOFF GAME WITH YANKEES

CLEVELAND, OHIO, UNITED STATES (FILE - JULY 24, 2020) (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES')

3. STILL PHOTO OF A PROTESTER HOLDING A SIGN SAYING 'I AM NOT A MASCOT #CHANGETHENAME' OUTSIDE OF CLEVELAND INDIANS HOME STADIUM PROGRESSIVE FIELD BEFORE THE 2020 SEASON OPENING GAME AGAINST THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS

CLEVELAND, OHIO, UNITED STATES (FILE - APRIL 6, 2018) (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES')

4. STILL PHOTO OF FANS HOLDING 'CHIEF WAHOO' POSTER BEFORE CLEVELAND INDIANS GAME V THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS

CLEVELAND, OHIO, UNITED STATES (FILE - JULY 18, 2019) (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES - MUST COURTESY 'USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES')

5. STILL PHOTO OF FAN HOLDING UP 'CHIEF WAHOO' SIGN BEFORE TEAM TRAINING FOR 2019 MLB ALL-STAR GAME

LANDOVER, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES (FILE - JULY 13, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

6. NFL'S WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM NOW RETIRED 'REDSKINS' NICKNAME AND LOGO OUTSIDE THEIR HOME STADIUM FEDEX FIELD

7. CLOSE UP OF RETIRED TEAM LOGO

8. FORMER WASHINGTON TEAM NAME ON STORE SIGN

STORY: The Cleveland Indians will change their team name amid criticism that it is racist, the New York Times reported on Sunday (December 13).

Cleveland have carried the 'Indians' nickname for 105 years.

The move comes after the NFL's Washington team bowed to public pressure and announced it would change its name.

The issue of racial inequality was amplified this year by the voices of U.S. athletes following the high-profile deaths of Black people in police custody.

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