Anaheim won't immediately appeal ruling over name

Updated: February 15, 2006, 1:46 PM ET
Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The City Council won't immediately appeal a jury verdict that allowed the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to keep their name.

The city sued the Angels in January 2005 after owner Arte Moreno changed the team's name from the Anaheim Angels to make the most of the nation's second-largest media market. A jury decided last week that Moreno's name change didn't violate a stadium lease agreement or state law, as the city had alleged.

On Tuesday, council members said they will wait until a March 2 hearing to decide whether to appeal. Polos could still order an injunction requiring the team to drop its new name.

"This is not about monetary damages. This is about getting our name back," Mayor Curt Pringle said after the council discussed the matter.

The city spent millions of dollars in legal fees. City officials contend the expense was worth it because Anaheim lost at least $100 million in publicity and tourism revenue when Moreno added Los Angeles to the team's name. The city had asked the jury for about $373 million in damages.

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