The Cleveland flat-track roller derby team known as the Guardians filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to block the Cleveland Guardians baseball team from using the same name. You can read the full lawsuit at the bottom of this story.
The Major League Baseball franchise known as the Indians since 1915 announced plans in July to drop the name and rebrand itself as the Guardians in the 2022 season.
When the team unveiled its plans for the new name in July, it said it was aware of the Guardians roller derby team. The baseball team said it had taken the proper legal steps to appropriate the name.