January 07, 2005

City of Anaheim taking Angels to court over name change

Major League Baseball's Angels now have a new name: "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim."

The team, most recently known as the Anaheim Angels, continues to play their games in Anaheim's Angel Stadium. But the name change was supposed to reflect the team's representation of the entire Los Angeles area.

The inclusion of Los Angeles reflects the original expansion name awarded by Major League Baseball in December 1960 and again returns the Angels as Major League Baseball's American League representative in the Greater Los Angeles territory that Major League Baseball expects the team to serve.

The Los Angeles region, which is comprised of Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties, is the second largest media market in the country. This name change will strengthen the Angels' long-term economic health by enhancing the marketability through this metropolitan area and beyond.

The 30-year lease the teams holds on Angel Stadium includes the requirement that the team remain the Anaheim Angels, according to city officials.

Not surprisingly, the city has taken the team to court.

An Orange County (CA) Superior Court judge is expected to rule on a temporary restraining order later today.

Posted by mhking at January 7, 2005 10:07 AM
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