• Loading stock data...
Monday, May 20, 2024

Los Angeles Angels’ Stadium Sale Deemed Illegal

Anaheim-Angels-Stadium
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/Design: Alex Brooks

California’s state housing agency declared the sale of Angel Stadium illegal on Wednesday for not following the Surplus Land Act, in which public land should first be offered to affordable housing developers. 

The Anaheim City Council sold the stadium — home of the Los Angeles Angels — and the 150 acres around it for a total of $320 million to a new company started by team owner Arte Moreno, who reportedly agreed to keep the team in Anaheim until at least 2050 as part of the deal.

The cost included $150 million to the city and $170 million for affordable housing and a seven-acre park.

Illegality of the Stadium’s Sale

The sale was declared illegal because the city did not properly classify the land as surplus — make it available to other developers — or notify the agency of availability or negotiations.

  • The deal was only spoken about publicly in two meetings before being approved.
  • A citizens group has sued the city, accusing it of violating state transparency laws.
  • Assemblyman and former Anaheim mayor Tom Daly wrote at the time of the sale, “… this is a massive, historic giveaway costing at least $1,000 for every man, woman, and child in the city.”

Anaheim argues that the land is not considered surplus, as it was initially intended for the ballpark.

The state housing agency says the city of Anaheim has 60 days to redo the deal or allow bids on the land. The Angels control development on the site until at least 2038.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

MLB Officially Investigating Gambling Allegations Against Ohtani’s Close Friend and Longtime Teammate

David Fletcher reportedly used the same bookmaker as Ohtani’s former interpreter.
Apr 17, 2024; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse (67) celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period against the Edmonton Oilers at Mullett Arena.

New Stadiums, New Hurdles: Coyotes and A’s Face High Stakes

The former Coyotes owner takes further steps to try to advance his proposed arena project.

Mets Owner Faces Backlash After Tweet Sparks Trade Speculation

Mets owner Steve Cohen is walking back a now deleted tweet that further riled an impatient fan base.
Bally-Sports

DSG’s Path to Revival Faces Major Pushback from MLB, NBA, and NHL

Three major pro leagues raise further concerns about the bankrupt Bally Sports parent.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Bare Knuckle Fighting Comes Out of the Shadows

0:00

Featured Today

exclusive

‘This Is Semi-Pro’: Inside One Arena Football League Team’s Collapse

The collapse of the Georgia Force, as told by the players who lived it.
Michael Block signs autographs on the 18th hole during day three of practice for the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.
May 19, 2024

‘I Prefer It This Way’: How Life Works for PGA Club Pros

Here’s how life works for the qualifiers at golf’s second major.
February 5, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; The grounds of the Capitol Building empty out following the conclusion of President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech on February 5, 2019.
May 18, 2024

‘A Breathtaking Lobbying Campaign’: The NCAA’s Sophisticated Effort to Save Amateurism

Inside the carefully coordinated, multimillion-dollar operation to end the athletes’ rights era.
May 14, 2024

The WNBA Was Forged in Houston. Why Won’t It Go Back There?

Houston’s a perfect fit for expansion. The league isn’t considering it yet.

Careers

Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Live Nation
Multiple - USA Careers
Adidas
Multiple - USA Careers
FanDuel
Multiple - USA Careers
Jaguars rendering 2024

Jags’ Latest Stadium Plan: $1.4B in Upgrades, Relocate for ’27 Season

The NFL team and Jacksonville mayor Donna Deegan presented a new stadium renovation agreement.
May 3, 2024

RFK’s Demolition Could Fast-Track Commanders’ Return to D.C.

The National Park Service gives the official green light to demolish the vacant facility.
May 9, 2024

Meet the … Utah Yeti? NHL Franchise Polling 20 Options for New Team Name

Jerseys will say ‘Utah’ for next season.
Sponsored

Major League Rugby’s Vision for American Rugby

How Major League Rugby is leading the Rugby renaissance in the U.S.
May 2, 2024

Bears’ $4.7 Billion Stadium Pitch Caught in a Game of Political Football

The office of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker brands the team’s stadium proposal as a ‘nonstarter.’
May 1, 2024

Chiefs, Browns’ Stadium Renderings: Familiar Looking and … Premature?

New renderings and funding proposals begin to take shape long before any stadium deals are finalized.
April 30, 2024

Not a Done Deal: Arlington Heights Keeps Its Bears Stadium Hopes Alive

Arlington Heights’ mayor says the village is ready to restart stadium talks with the NFL team.
April 30, 2024

The A’s Still Have a $1.5B Question: Where’s the Money Coming From?

Team owner John Fisher reportedly looks to raise $500 million to help fund a new ballpark.