SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The city of Anaheim lost the first
round Friday in its attempt to stop the Angels baseball team from
adding "Los Angeles" to its name.
Superior Court Judge Peter Polos denied a temporary restraining
order the city had sought against the team, which announced earlier
this week that it would change its name to the "Los Angeles Angels
The city filed a lawsuit against the team Wednesday alleging
breach of contract and violation of good faith and fair dealing.
A hearing on a motion for a preliminary injunction against the
team was scheduled for Jan. 21.
"This is the first inning of a very long game," city spokesman
John Nicoletti said. "We're encouraged by the fact that the judge
does want to hear the case and scheduled a hearing so quickly."
Anaheim, which has provided nearly $30 million in public
subsidies to renovate the club's ballpark, says the change hurts
its ability to market itself as a tourist destination -- a key issue
for a city that depends on a hotel room tax as its largest source
The Angels said the name change, which was announced Monday, is
intended to attract more fans and advertisers, and eventually more
lucrative broadcast contracts, by emphasizing the team's connection
to the nation's second-largest media market.
Team spokesman Tim Mead was pleased with the judge's decision.
"Today's favorable ruling is part of the procedure, and we feel
very confident in the case that has been prepared by our
attorneys," he said.