The “Disney” is officially out of the Disney Sports Enterprises name, though Tony Tavares--now president of Anaheim Sports Inc.--didn’t have a full explanation for the name change, saying it was a decision from Walt Disney Co. headquarters in Burbank.
Anaheim Sports Inc., which remains a division of the Disney Co., owns the Mighty Ducks and has operating control of the Angels.
Spokesman Bill Robertson said the name change was for tax purposes and to reflect the decision to include Anaheim in the names of both teams. (The California Angels recently were renamed the Anaheim Angels.)
In addition, Tavares has replaced Disney Chairman Michael Eisner as the Ducks’ representative on the NHL Board of Governors because of Eisner’s full schedule. Eisner is now an alternate governor, as is General Manager Jack Ferreira.
Forward Valeri Karpov made his first appearance since Oct. 24, replacing Ken Baumgartner, who sat out because of a sore ankle.