The Oakland Athletics were informed by Overstock.com that the company was opting out of their stadium naming right agreement and have parted amicably, the team said in a release today. All other sponsorship agreements with the A’s will remain in place, including some in-stadium signage and other assets. The building is shared with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.
Now formerly known as O.co Coliseum, the stadium has been plagued with issues for a number of years including sewage flooding. The Athletics have been trying, unsuccessfully so far, to get a new home in the Bay area. The estimated $2 million a year rights fee Overstock was paying for a place that has been ridiculed was probably a motivating factor in the opt-out. However, the A’s and Overstock have had a solid relationship; therefore the only thing that will change is the name on the building.
The Coliseum has had a number of different corporate names in recent times including Network Associates Coliseum, McAfee Coliseum or even UMAX Coliseum. It will now revert back to simply “The Coliseum,” “Oakland Coliseum,” or “Oakland – Alameda County Coliseum,” according to a team release.
PARKER UPDATE: The A’s announced today that pitcher Jarrod Parker underwent successful surgery on his right elbow. The right-hander had refractured the medial epicondyle in his right elbow which was detected in an MRI.
Parker, 27, originally fractured it on May 8, 2015 while rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery on March 24, 2014.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrache at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles on March 30. Dr. ElAttrache, using Parker’s revision UCL graft that was done two years ago, reconstructed the medial compartment of Parker’s elbow including reconstructing the flexor tendon and ulnar collateral ligament complex.
ROSTER RUMBLES: A number of transactions were announced with RHPs Henderson Alvarez and R.J. Alvarez, infielder Eric Sogard and outfielder Sam Fuld all being placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Outfielder Andrew Lambo was optioned to Triple-A Nashville while six remaining non-roster invitees, including left-handed pitchers Sean Manaea, Patrick Schuster and Eric Surkamp, catchers Bruce Maxwell and Matt McBride and infielder Matt Chapman, were reassigned to minor league camp.
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