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What's in a Name?

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The Los Angeles Times reports today that the Dodgers may join the city of Anaheim in the fight to prevent Arte Moreno from calling his team the Los Angeles Angels. This was only a matter of time. With Arte Moreno proving to be an owner who understands winning, the Dodgers need to protect their turf as much as possible. The Dodgers still dominate LA, so why allow anyone to infringe on their pseudo-monopoly?

LAist cannot possibly see how the Angels plan on winning this battle. The Angels lease agreement with the city of Anaheim is pretty clear - as long as they play at the "Big A", they're the Anaheim Angels all the way. I'm not a lawyer, but based on what I know, there is no other real legal recourse for Moreno.

In the spirit of goodwill though, LAist has a suggestion for Moreno that will make his Angels far more marketable. Since the LA name is out of the picture, perhaps Moreno could negotiate with Anaheim officials on calling his team "The O.C. Angels"? "The O.C." moniker is becoming mainstream, and what team doesn't want to be associated with Mischa Barton? Think about it.