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Angels Owner Moreno to consider "all options" for next ballpark agreement

Arte Moreno's options could include suing the city of Anaheim, playing out the lease in Anaheim and considering offers from other citiesKirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

A spokesperson for Angels Owner Arte Moreno and his management company yesterday said that the team would "consider all of its options" for its next stadium agreement, and those options could include "suing the city of Anaheim to try to enforce the land sale there or to pursue damages, playing out the lease in Anaheim, and considering offers from other cities," according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. The Angels’ current lease in Anaheim expires in '29, with "options to extend their stay there" through '38. The site there is 150 acres, leaving "almost three times as much room for development." With the Anaheim City Council this week unanimously voting to end the Angel Stadium sale, the city of Long Beach has "renewed its pitch to attract the Angels." In '19, before negotiating the "now-doomed agreement with Anaheim," the Angels considered the "lure of a waterfront ballpark in Long Beach." Long Beach and the Angels "discussed options for a 55-acre proposal," which would have enabled the team to "surround the stadium with some of the same entertainment concepts that had been planned around Angel Stadium" (L.A. TIMES, 5/26). The TIMES' Shaikin in a separate piece writes the "vision of a waterfront ballpark is delightful," but Long Beach and the Angels "never did figure out how to pay for a billion-dollar stadium, in an era where California cities generally avoid funding the construction of professional sports venues." If the Angels "pay for the ballpark and make money from developing the surrounding land -- as was the plan in Anaheim" -- the land available for development is "three times greater in Anaheim than in Long Beach" (L.A. TIMES, 5/26).

REMAINING CONFIDENT: California state Sen. Tom Umberg said that he is "very confident the city will be able to negotiate a new deal to keep the Angels playing in Anaheim -- whether by working out a new sales deal or continuing to lease the land." Anaheim Council member Jose Moreno yesterday said that as the council charts a path forward for the stadium property, it could "consider asking several developers for proposals for different chunks of the 150-acre site instead of going with one master developer." He added that any proposals "should include some affordable housing." And if the Angels were to leave, Moreno said that he believes the city could "negotiate with 'another entity that might be interested,' whether that’s a baseball or soccer team or some other sport" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 5/26).

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