Ducks change name, Anaheim still in it!

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks announced yesterday that they will no longer be know as the “Mighty Ducks” starting next season. The Ducks will be know as the “Anaheim Ducks” and the team will introduce a new logo and jerseys.

This is the one great thing about having LOCAL owners, they respect the community and the city that they play in and refuse to drop the name Anaheim, thus thanking their local fans. I really wish Moreno would talk to the Samueli’s on how to properly deal with team naming.

P.S. Just on a legal side note, the team had to change it’s name, Disney still owns the rights to the “Mighty Ducks” (including the logo and the original jerseys).

5 Comments so far

  1. Miles (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 9:37 pm

    I still remember sitting in a bar in San Diego when the “Mighty Ducks” name was announced and the announcement reminded people of the Disney Movie of the same name. The movie featured a childrens hockey team known as the worst in the league. The patrons at the bar who cared thought the name stank. The general consensus was “why name yourself after a bunch of losers?” — even if they do eventually make good.

    Which reminds me of “Angels in the Outfield.” What is it with the Anaheim teams and movies about losers making good?

  2. Some Guy (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 12:28 am

    Disney made both movies, Disney owned both teams. Think that pretty much sums it up!

  3. Mike Randall (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    Your mistaken,

    Disney did make the Mighty Ducks movies thus the name change.

    As for the angels, they were owned by Gene Autry prior to the Disney Purchase. When Disney made the film “Angels in the Outfield” the team name was the “California Angels” and was a remake of the original. When Disney purchased the team from Autry, they were renamed the Anaheim Angels in order for the city to pay for upgrades and renovations to Angel Stadium. When the team was sold, the original agreement with the city was still in place and thus “Anaheim” had to remain in the name of the team. The only thing that DIsney had the rights to was the old “Home Plate with Angel wings” logo and the lousy color scheme.

    So as the recent trial is showing the name change for the Angels is not as easy as it looks. (The Ducks also have an agreement with the city to play in the city owned Anaheim Arena AKA the Arrowhead Pond).

  4. Grant (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

    The Mighty Ducks was a Disney Film. It was produced, in part, by Disney and distributed by Buena Vista, a Disney company.

  5. joann Landers (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

    No mater what their name, they will still taste good to the San Jose Sharks!

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