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City officials: Change breaks lease

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Baseball's Angels have a new name, and
it's a mouthful: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The switch, which will be challenged in court by the city of
Anaheim, is intended to help the team market itself to more of
Southern California, attract more advertising sponsors and
broadcast revenue, the team said Monday.

"We believe that the appeal in the marketplace will be
broader," Angels spokesman Tim Mead said.

The city of Anaheim will file a lawsuit to block the name change
and hopes to obtain a temporary restraining order in place this
week, city spokesman John Nicoletti said.

Anaheim officials believe the change violates the terms of the
team's 33-year lease with the city.

"It's geographically confusing and absurd," Nicoletti said.
"No other professional sports franchise that I know of has two
different cities in its names."

When the franchise began in 1961, owned by singing cowboy Gene
Autry, it was the Los Angeles Angels. The team became the
California Angels when it moved to Anaheim in 1966. In 1997, when
the team was controlled by The Walt Disney Co., the franchise was
renamed the Anaheim Angels.

Arte Moreno bought the team in 2003, one year after it won the
World Series, and he wanted to change the name.

The Angels drew 3,375,677 last season, the third-highest total
in baseball behind the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.