Saturday, November 13, 2004

Angels, City Still at Odds

By Bill Shaikin and Patrick McGreevy
The Los Angeles Times
November 13, 2004

Relations between the Angels and the city of Anaheim deteriorated further during a meeting Friday, when club President Dennis Kuhl refused the city's demand to say once and for all whether the team would change its name to the Los Angeles Angels.

Although the meeting was designed to ease tensions between the two sides, a plan to issue a joint statement collapsed. Kuhl issued a statement that did not mention the possibility of a name change; the city's statement focused on that issue and blistered the Angels for being "unwilling to publicly clarify their position" and "not committed to honoring the terms of their lease."

In the meeting, city officials emphasized there would be no negotiation on the topic. The Angel Stadium lease requires the team to be called the Anaheim Angels, and the City Council voted this week to sue if the team proceeds with the name change.

"From our standpoint, it's still a concept," Angel spokesman Tim Mead said. "It doesn't become more definitive because they've threatened a lawsuit."

City officials appear convinced the Angels might make the change shortly and plan to act accordingly. The council will consider Tuesday whether to sue on the basis that removal of the city name in team publicity constitutes a de facto violation of the lease, spokesman John Nicoletti said.

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