Wednesday, March 30, 2005

City of Anaheim & Angels Urged to "Negotiate"

Justice David Sills is urging the City of Anaheim and the Angels to negotiate rather than proceed with a lawsuit whereby Anaheim is asking for injunctive relief to keep the baseball team from using the name "Los Angeles Angels" instead of "Anaheim Angels". But based on comments from the city and team things sound a little testy and unlikely to settle any time soon.

The city hasn't put forward a price tag for the name
- Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle
I don't see how we mediate it at this point
- Anaheim City Councilman Richard Chavez
(Anaheim Co-Council Andy)Guilford said the city is suffering irreparable harm with "LA" and not "ANA" on "every scoreboard across the country." (Angel Attorney George) Stephan said the Angels "don't want to be at war with the city," noting in part the effect of sellout crowds upon local businesses.
I guarantee you they would be very unhappy if we left...That's irreparable harm.
- Angel Attorney George Stephan


That was the money shot right there. Stephan was alluding to the "out" clause the Angels have in 2016 whereby the Halos could ditch Anaheim altogether. It is that threat that the Angels will likely pursue to put pressure on the necks of Pringle & Co. In particular, from those business' that rely on Angel games for the bulk of their revenue. I wonder if they took a poll of restaurants around the Pond if they would consider the hockey lock-out to be causing them irreparable harm? Now imagine no more baseball in Anaheim.....ever. Can you say "lights out at The Catch?"

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Remember when the Dodgers were going to "show-up" the Angels by referring to them as the "Anaheim Angels" during the Freeway Series games at Dodger Stadium? Well apparently they have relented a bit on that. The spring training schedule as listed on the Dodgers official media guide (online for users of MLB Pressbox) shows the schedule as:

Friday April 1 LA Angels of Anaheim Anaheim R 7:05 P.M.
Saturday April 2 LA Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles R 7:10 P.M.
Sunday April 3 LA Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles R 1:10 P.M.


Maybe it's an April Fool's joke.

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