The battle over Chief Wahoo continues to be waged, though according to Indians owner Paul Dolan, the club and the league still do not see eye-to-eye.

Dolan, speaking to 1590 WAKR’s Ray Horner as part of their speaker series at St. George Fellowship Centre in Fairlawn, indicated that the Indians and the commissioner’s office continue to work down the path of finding a “middle ground” regarding the usage of Chief Wahoo.

According to Dolan, they have not yet found it, but it won’t be long.

“We’re not exactly aligned on its future,” Dolan said. “But we will come to some understanding some time relatively soon, meaning before the start of the 2018 season and maybe sooner than that.”

The Indians were already receiving national pressure due to the usage of Chief Wahoo, with many arguing that it was an offensive logo. That pressure was given somewhat of an elevated stage last October during the Indians’ run through the postseason, which included a court case in Canada to potentially disallow the logo to be shown on Canadian TV during the American League Championship Series and then the added national exposure that comes with playing in the World Series.

Any discussions between the club and the league have also likely been accelerated by the Indians getting the 2019 All-Star Game. That likely gave the league considerable leverage, and commissioner Rob Manfred has previously expressed his desire to eliminate the logo’s use.

Dolan admitted he can see why some are upset. He also spoke to the emotional attachment that many fans in Northeast Ohio have with Chief Wahoo.

“There’s a lot of pressure on the national scene,” Dolan said. “We may live in a little bit of a bubble in terms of how we see Chief Wahoo and if you didn’t grow up here with it and you don’t have that emotional attachment and you look at it more objectively, you can see reason why some might offended by it. And the commissioner is feeling that pressure.

“Frankly, we were—are—on a path towards further mitigating the use of it, trying to find the right balance. We are Clevelanders. We have that relationship with Chief Wahoo that so many do, but we’re empathetic to those who find some reason to be offended by it. But at the core, we do think there’s some validity to that.”