We’ve all made jokes about the Angels’ name, but I didn’t realize that someone was suing over it:
The legal fight over the Angels’ name went into overtime on Tuesday, when a state appellate court said it would delay a scheduled ruling for as long as three weeks . . .
. . . By playing as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, an Orange County Superior Court jury found, the Angels did not violate a stadium lease clause requiring the team name to “include the name Anaheim therein.” The city of Anaheim appealed, and the ruling was scheduled to be issued on Wednesday.
Assuming that the article isn’t cherry-picking the relevant contract clauses, the suit sounds near frivolous. “Include the name ‘Anaheim’ therein” is pretty straightforward. No matter what we may think of the name, Arte Moreno has clearly included the name “Anaheim” therein. It’s not his fault that the city of Anaheim did not have the foresight to realize that someone might break away from the standard city-mascot naming convention. While there is an obligation to perform one’s contractual duties in good faith, there is no obligation to avoid taking advantage of the open and obvious loopholes created by the drafters. If he had wanted to, Moreno could have changed the team name to the “Los Angeles Angels, And By The Way, Anaheim Sucks.”
Well, that may have been closer to bad faith, but you get my point.