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
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.