Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 3:54 pm | Updated: 12:24 pm, Sat Aug 31, 2013.
By ADAM ELMAHREK
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim could soon drop hometown Anaheim from its brand altogether, under a newly proposed lease.
Just as most of Orange County winds down for the Labor Day holiday weekend, Anaheim City Council members are gearing up to approve Tuesday night a proposed stadium lease framework that would give the Angels full authority over the team name.
The deal will likely bring back sour memories for Orange County residents who felt duped by Arte Moreno, who after purchasing the team in 2003 added Los Angeles to the moniker.
Stadium lease terms now require the team brand to contain the word “Anaheim” but doesn’t specifically prohibit adding another city. Moreno won a 2006 court battle when the city alleged in a lawsuit that the name change violated the “spirit” of the lease.
Beyond full naming rights over the team, franchise owners under a proposed framework for negotiating a separate land lease would also get a 66-year lease of the stadium land, including a 50-acre parcel called the “Stadium District,” for free.
Under that arrangement, the city would be freed from spending about $600,000 annually for stadium upkeep, according to a staff report.
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