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Pioneer League loses MLB affiliations, transitions to independent ‘partner league’

As part of Major League Baseball’s reorganization of the minor leagues after the expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement earlier this fall, things will look a little different for the eight-team Pioneer League – headquartered in Spokane with teams in Idaho, Montana, Utah and Colorado – when baseball can safely resume during or after the pandemic.

Baseball and Culture: A discussion about Native American imagery in sports

The issue of Native American mascots and imagery in sports was thrust into the headlines again over the summer when the Washington, D.C., NFL team decided to change the name of its team from a dictionary-defined slang term and removed all Native American terms and imagery from its branding.

Spokane sports react to potential removal of Native American terms and imagery

For decades, certain sports teams – professional, college and high school – have resisted changing their nicknames and branding from Native American terms and imagery.But with the recent climate of change sweeping the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the resulting national protests against racism, a couple of the more prominent – and historically most resistant – professional teams have been pressured by activists and investors to reevaluate the situation.

WATCH: Spokane Indians Infield Cafe

With the cancellation of the 2020 MiLB season, the Spokane Indians have had to find alternative ways to bring their fans out to the ballpark. This week, the Indians Infield Cafe has brought fans out onto the field to enjoy some of their favorite stadium foods