Anaheim council votes to appeal Angels name change

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to appeal the court decision that allowed the Angels to continue to use Los Angeles in the franchise name.

Councilman Harry Sidhu cast the only negative vote.

The paperwork for the appeal is expected to be filed later this week, and the appeal process then could take a year or more.

After the team changed from Anaheim Angels to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last year, the city filed suit in Orange County Superior Court charging that the move breached a lease agreement for Angels
Stadium, which is owned by the city. A jury ruled in the team's favor earlier this year.

The city will claim in its appeal that the court made errors during the trial and that the court's statement of decision went beyond the scope of the jury's verdict in allowing the Angels to use Los Angeles as the only geographic reference to the team.

The city has spent some $3.6 million in the legal bid to get the team to change its name back to Anaheim Angels. Mayor Curt Pringle had estimated the cost of an appeal at $150,000.