Angels lease talks: Team says Anaheim name isn't coming back; mayor says fine

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Sidhu said the host cities of the New England Patriots and Golden State Warriors benefit even without their name on the team. The Patriots play in Foxborough, Mass. The Warriors are moving to San Francisco after 48 seasons in Oakland.

"We see national and global exposure from having the Angels in Anaheim," Sidhu said. "Our city is mentioned nearly every time the team is on TV, and aerial shots of the stadium and our theme parks help promote our city to the world.

"If we do this right, Anaheim will continue to see significant exposure as a Major League Baseball city."

The Angels moved to Anaheim in 1966, after playing four seasons at Dodger Stadium, and changed their name from Los Angeles Angels to California Angels. Before settling in Orange County, the Angels first considered a move to Long Beach, but passed when that city insisted the team call itself the Long Beach Angels.

Long Beach again is interested in luring the Angels, and the team says it plans to decide between Long Beach and Anaheim by year's end. Long Beach spokesman Kevin Lee said Thursday his city would be "very open to discussing team naming options."


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