The "Indians" were always a sketchy organization and Chief Wahoo was probably one of the most overtly racist mascots in American history.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans still argue their moniker is based on tribute and respect for native culture as the team struggles to break with some of their questionable traditions like the "Arrowhead chop" and fans adorning themselves in faux native headdress.
More importantly: The Indians suck and the Chiefs are now a championship caliber team working to create a dynasty. Branding at the elite level of pro-sports is a VERY BIG DEAL worth hundreds of millions to both merchants and the NFL. Decisions about mascots aren't just about politics, they have serious economic implications.
Accordingly, here's a glimpse at the nation and the sports world continuing to "evolve" amid a cultural shift . . .
Cleveland's Major League Baseball team has decided to change its nickname, moving away from the moniker it has employed for more than 100 years and that is considered insensitive to indigenous peoples, according to David Waldstein and Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times .