- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Consol Energy Inc. won’t renew its naming rights deal with minor league baseball’s Washington Wild Things.

The Frontier League team based about 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh has hired Apex Marketing Group of Detroit to find a new sponsor.

The 10-year deal for Consol Energy Park expires Jan. 1, 2017.

Terms of that deal were never disclosed, though Eric Smallwood, a managing partner with Apex, says Consol paid less than $500,000 annually for the naming rights.

The team is hoping to capitalize on the stadium’s increased use over the years. The Pennsylvania Rebellion women’s professional softball team also plays at the ballpark, which seats 4,000 plus up to 12,000 for a growing number of concerts and festivals.

About 10 million cars pass by on Interstate 70 each year.

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