The Cleveland Guardians ride it out and make sure the name is available in 2022
The Cleveland Guardians could make the effort to ensure that the team is able to proceed with the name come Spring Training in 2022. While the roller derby team would prefer to keep their name, money talks. If the Dolans have their hearts set on being the Guardians in 2022, they could most likely make this case go away with a check.
This seems like the easiest route to go and also the fastest. Settling out of court should make the situation go faster and would quiet the cries before they truly begin. Legally, it seems as though the baseball club did their due diligence. They currently own the rights to the name and that should be that.
With that being said, it does seem like they maybe missed a step in the process. As a fan of the Cleveland Guardians name, I didn’t see anything about the roller derby team prior to the name announcement, but it also wasn’t my responsibility to be looking for it. The deep dig on the name that the organization did didn’t go deep enough and now ownership will have to pay for that one way or another. Doing it out of court and quickly will be the preferred option.