When Angels owner Arte Moreno announced he was changing his team’s name from the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, it sparked a major backlash from fans of both the Angels and Dodgers, and from then-Dodgers owner Frank McCourt as well.
McCourt complained to then-commissioner Bud Selig, who reportedly told McCourt that he could not see how the name change could hurt the Dodgers. In response, McCourt started selling shirts that said “the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles,” and trademarked the phrase. Now, according to Bill Shaikin, the t-shirt and phrase are back.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) December 20, 2019
The timing is ironic as it comes off the heels of an expected approval by the Anaheim City Council on a deal to keep the Angels in Orange County through 2050. It also comes just over a week after free agent Anthony Rendon spurned the Dodgers and the “Hollywood lifestyle” for the Angels. But Shaikin assures it’s purely coincidental.
The reason behind the limited re-release of the shirt is to comply with the federal government’s “use it or lose it” trademark law as to not risk losing said trademark, according to Shaikin.
The Angels have since dropped the “of Anaheim” suffix and go by the “Los Angeles Angels” now, although it’s hard to tell if that’s better or worse than their previous name.