Mediation yields no agreement in Anaheim case

Updated: January 27, 2006, 1:53 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Attorneys for the city of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took a judge's advice and entered into mediation again on Friday but did not reach an agreement.

The talks were suggested by Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Polos, who is presiding over the trial of the city of Anaheim's lawsuit accusing the Angels of breach of contract.

Negotiators met for three hours, city spokesman John Nicoletti said. The sides held similarly unsuccessful talks several times before the trial began.

Anaheim's attorneys say team owner Arte Moreno violated a 10-year-old contract and cost the city $100 million in tourism revenue and publicity when he changed the club's name from the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Moreno's attorneys argue the Angels' owner has the right to market his baseball team any way he wants, as long as he keeps the word Anaheim somewhere in its name.

On Thursday, baseball historian John Thorn testified that Anaheim has disappeared "about 99.9 percent of the time" from public reports on the team. He said such Web sites as Yahoo Sports and ESPN.com use "Los Angeles" or "Los Angeles Angels" when reporting scores.

Angels attorney Todd Theodora said "Anaheim" has continued to appear in several publications including the Ottawa Sun, The Missourian and a paper in the Virgin Islands. Also, Major League Baseball for the first time is selling a calendar with the full team name, he said.

The trial began Jan. 9 and was expected to last about a month. It is scheduled to resume Monday.


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