Angels name change lawsuit costs Anaheim $3.5M

3/29/2006 - MLB Anaheim Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The city of Anaheim has spent over $3.5 million so far in its failed legal bid to get its baseball team to change its name back to Anaheim Angels.

After the team changed its name to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last year, the city filed suit in Superior Court charging that the move breached a stadium lease agreement. A Superior Court jury ruled in the team's favor earlier this year.

The City Council hasn't decided whether to appeal the verdict, which mayor Curt Pringle estimates would cost another $150,000.

Meanwhile, the city could spend several million dollars more if Angels owner Arte Moreno persuades the court to order Anaheim to pay the bills he incurred fighting the lawsuit.

The Angels' legal fees have been estimated at up to $7 million.