City may renegotiate lease with Angels baseball

by The Associated Press
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – The city of Anaheim is considering renegotiating its lease with the Angels in a bid to keep the baseball team in the Orange County city – and that may mean changing the team’s name.

The city council will weigh a proposal Tuesday to shift an option the team currently has to leave Anaheim from 2016 to 2019, the Orange County Register reported.

That would pave the way for a broader renegotiation of the team’s lease deal with the city, including a proposal to give the Angels exclusive control over the team’s name and development rights in the parking lot surrounding the 47-year-old stadium.

“This is a framework to begin negotiations between the Angels and the city in good faith, which is why the opt-out date was changed,” Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray told the newspaper. “The Angels have been a part of Anaheim and Orange County for generations, and we want to secure that they remain here for generations to come.”

The move comes several years after the Angels and city fought a court battle over the team’s name. The team is currently named the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Anaheim is also considering leasing the stadium parking lot to the team for $1 a year and letting the Angels develop the site. A study by the team and city estimates the stadium needs at least $130 million of work over the next 20 years and building on the parking lot could help cover those costs.

The city, which is also home to Disneyland, sees the baseball team as a major boost to the economy. It is also a source of city revenue, with Anaheim netting nearly $1 million last year from a cut in ticket sales.

Under the proposal, the city could receive less money from ticket sales but no longer have to pay an annual maintenance fee, the newspaper reported.

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