Santa Ana, Calif A jury ruled Thursday that the Angels did not breach a contract with the city of Anaheim when the baseball team changed its name.
Jurors rejected the city of Anaheim's argument that the baseball team violated a stadium lease and cost the city where it plays at least $100 million in revenue by changing the name last year from Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The jury, which deliberated about five hours, also found the team did not violate a state law requiring good faith and fair dealing.
"I was trying to create something positive and more inclusive ... which we believed was our legal right to do," Angels owner Arte Moreno said. "Long term, we're going to have a healthier franchise that can compete."