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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

What's in a name?

The city of Anaheim isn’t giving up on its lawsuit to block baseball's Anaheim (née California) Angels from changing back to their original name, "Los Angeles Angels." The team began in Los Angeles in 1961, before later moving to Orange County.

Anaheim officials say that changing the name to "Los Angeles," a city where they do not play, is a breach of the team’s lease with Anaheim Stadium.  The city of Los Angeles joined is supporting its neighbors, arguing that the Angels should not be able to use the name of a city where they do not pay taxes. A state judge on January 21 denied an injunction preventing the team from changing its name, finding that Anaheim did not have a substantial chance of winning the suit.

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