Posted August 31, 2013

Los Angeles Angels could drop ‘of Anaheim’ from name in new deal with city

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The proposed deal would keep the Angels in Anaheim and at Angel Stadium through 2057. (Paul Spinelli/Getty Images)

The Anaheim City Council has agreed to give the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sole control over their team name, which could allow the franchise to drop the “of Anaheim” suffix it has used since 2005, according to The Los Angeles Times‘ Bill Shaikin.

The naming rights are part of a larger deal that could keep the Angels in Anaheim through 2057. The city council is expected to vote Tuesday to enter lease negotiations with the club, according to the report.

From LATimes.com:

Under the proposed deal, the Angels — and not the city — would pay for a major renovation of Angel Stadium. In return, Angels owner Arte Moreno would rent land surrounding the stadium for $1 per year and secure development rights to that land for at least 66 years.

The Angels can opt out of their stadium lease in 2016. The vote Tuesday would extend that opt-out window through 2019, giving the team and the city additional time to negotiate a complex deal.

Moreno was forced to change the team’s name in 2005 in order to satisfy a lease provision mandating that Anaheim be included in the name.

Under the proposed deal, the team would also remain in 47-year-old Angel Stadium, the fourth-oldest MLB ballpark, through 2057, with opportunites to opt out in 2036 and 2050.


9 comments
FifthInTheOrder
FifthInTheOrder

"Los Angeles de Los Angeles de Anahaim" or "The (we want to play in) Los Angeles (but we have to remain) Angels of Anahaim."  

EnriqueSterz
EnriqueSterz

Why don't they drop the Los Angeles from their name?  They are located in Anaheim and about 40 miles away from Los Angeles.   

KindaFondaBravos
KindaFondaBravos

What a stupid provision. Who cares what a team is called. 

What's this world coming to?

walterwhite
walterwhite

Oh, those California Angels are wacky fun.

Ebullient
Ebullient

@KindaFondaBravos "[City] [Team Nickname] of [Some Other City" just sounds clumsy and affected.  It's a dismal idea for a team name.  Calling them Los Angeles is also bizarre.  They should just as well go back to California Angels.  It's not perfect but at least it's got some history to it.

craigbhill1
craigbhill1

@Ebullient @KindaFondaBravos Arte Moreno wants the city name to be Los Angeles because, get ready, "the Angels" MEANS "los Angeles".  That's why the only word they have on their uni is "Angels".  

The Los Angeles Rams played in Anaheim and no one had a heart attack over it.