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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Orange County South of L.A. but North of San Diego and West of Riverside in a Stadium That Has a Cool Fountain
Monday, January 09, 2006

For everyone that found it ridiculous when Angel’s owner Arte Moreno decided to change his club’s identity to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last year, rest assured: the City of Anaheim feels the same way. The City of Anaheim has filed suit against the Angels, citing breach of contract. Back when Disney owned the team (damn, Angels in the Outfield was a good movie) they signed a deal with the city to renovate the stadium (fountain!), for which both Disney and the city contributed millions of dollars. The agreement also contained a clause stating that if the team name were to be changed, “Anaheim” would still have to be “included”. Moreno and company feel that they stuck to the agreement, and they are correct, technically. The question lies in whether giving Anaheim second billing to Los Angeles still satisfies the contract.

Prosecutors
: The City of Anaheim
Complaint: "In Major League Baseball, there has never been a team with two geographic identities as part of one name. There has only been one name and one mascot. We compete with Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco for tourism dollars. We feel that having a name that was agreed upon in the contract is part of the deal. When everyone sees the team, we want Anaheim to come to mind." - - Anaheim spokesman John Nicoletti Defendant: Angels
Rebuttal: "In this trial, we feel we have not breached the contract; we have conducted ourselves in good faith. There are a lot of things that our organization has put forth that have not only been beneficial to the fans, but to the community." - - Angel’s spokesman Tim Mead

It will be interesting to see how this case pans out. Given the fact that the City of Anaheim has already lost two motions against the team last January and mediation between the two sides has not been successful, I have a feeling that the team will win out on this one. It’s going to be hard for the city to convince a jury that the contract was breached when technically their name is still featured in the team’s name. Personally, I think it is a slap in the face on the part of the Angel’s to disrespect their home city; I’m on the city’s side. If the Angel’s do win out on this, be prepared to cheer for the Florida Devil Rays of Tampa Bay or the San Francisco Athletics of Oakland…
posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, January 09, 2006  
2 Comments:
  • At 12:24 PM, Blogger Neil M said…

    I wanna fly out to Orange County and watch a game from inside those falls!

     
  • At 5:29 PM, Anonymous reedster said…

    I despise the Angels. The Angels will always play second fiddle to my Dodgers.

    That being said... I'm also with the city. But, they will lose... AGAIN.

    They SHOULD be suing the lawyer(s) they hired to work out that contract with Disney.

     
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