City continues legal action against Angels, L.A.

Updated: February 16, 2005, 8:33 AM ET
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Council members voted Tuesday to appeal a judge's refusal to grant a preliminary injunction to the city in its attempt to block the Angels from adding Los Angeles to their name.

The team, formerly the Anaheim Angels, is now called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

"We recognize that most pretrial appeals are not successful, but ... this decision merits further review and the city must pursue every available legal means to obtain the benefits that were promised the people of Anaheim under the contract in 1996," Mayor Curt Pringle said in a statement.

Superior Court Judge Peter Polos last month also denied a request for a temporary restraining order after the city sued the Angels, claiming the name switch would violate the team's lease of the stadium. The judge, however, said that the contract requires only that Anaheim be included in the name.

"We regret that Arte Moreno and the Anaheim Angels' management have forced us to pursue this lawsuit and continue to implore him to reconsider this misguided marketing effort," Pringle said.

A phone call to Angels spokesman Tim Mead seeking comment was not immediately returned.

The team has maintained that the new name would attract more fans, advertisers and broadcast contracts by emphasizing its connection to the nation's second-largest media market.

Anaheim, which provided nearly $30 million to renovate the club's ballpark, said the change would harm tourism.

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