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Angels name case off to the jury now
2006-02-08 18:57
by Bob Timmermann

The Trial of the Century has gone to the jury in Santa Ana, California. The jury starts deliberating Thursday at 10 am (or 1 pm for those of you on the East Coast, it's like watching an NFL game.)

The City of Anaheim claims that it has lost $373 million. The Angels beg to differ and have pointed out how many tickets they have sold in 2005 and their increased season ticket numbers for 2006. One of the possible outcomes is that the judge, Peter Polos, could order the Angels to go back to being called the Anaheim Angels.

2006-02-08 19:18:19
1.   Ken Arneson
If I were on that jury, I'd try to find a way to punish both parties, and make them compensate me for wasting my time with this silliness.
2006-02-08 21:05:17
2.   popup
I can't figure out how that case got into a courtroom in California so fast. I doubt that up here in the state of Washington a civil jury case would be on the docket as quickly, and I always thought that the courts in California were more congested than those in the Pacific Northwest. Next thing you know someone will tell me rush hour in SoCal is a breeze.

Stan from Tacoma

2006-02-08 21:13:22
3.   Bob Timmermann
I think the City of Anaheim had already asked for a temporary restraining order before the 2005 season started and that got the case on the fast track.
2006-02-09 11:16:38
4.   misterjohnny
Ken, I'm not sure why you think this is silliness. The city of Anaheim paid millions of dollars in renovation, under the impression that they were going to get the advertising value of having the baseball team named "Anaheim". The city lives off of tourism dollars, and tries very hard to get tourists to stay in their city when visiting Disneyland and other tourist attractions. The city feels they were snookered by Arte Moreno (who for some reason is still treated with kid gloves by the local media). This is a legitimate business dispute and should be adjudicated.

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