That right there is the key. This has been a multi-year plan for Moreno. He has been seeking that big TV contract for some time now and I think that the downfall of the Dodgers organization has helped the Angels get more attention. While I don't like that he changed the name to the LA Angels of Anaheim, he did have a point that nobody knew where Anaheim was. Now it's considered an LA team and the TV revenues ARE impacted because they are considered big market. Stupid how it works, but apparently he was right.
On another note, Moreno seems to have a thing against Boras. He won't negotiate with him. Part of what got Pujols signed was that he wasn't represented by Boras.
The Angels have certainly made some headlines with this move. Looking forward to the season!
YOU should be here in my shoes, not4u: I'm surrounded by Cardinals fans and, now that they won the WS, a ton of wannabe Cardinals fans. Every last one of them, seemingly like the Cardinals management, were touting the fans' adoration of Pujols and how it would keep him in St. Louis regardless of the money other teams offered.
Once the deal was announced, they have all gone through the 7 stages of grief starting with denial and, now, moving through anger and on to philosophical acceptance, but with a bit of the anger lingering. It is fascinating to watch these (mostly) adults who just weeks ago were chanting his praises, now become his most virulent distracters. Lately, I've taken to quoting William Congreve to them:
"Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a Cardinals fan scorned,"