Nashville's loss could be RedHawks' gain

Negotiations for a new stadium for the Triple-A Sounds have stalled. So the Brewers, currently affiliated with Nashville, could become the RedHawks' new parent club.
By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Modified: August 17, 2010 at 11:38 pm •  Published: August 17, 2010
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The guitar-shaped scoreboard remains iconic at Nashville's Greer Stadium.

Unfortunately for the Pacific Coast League's Nashville Sounds, the rest of the park is outdated.

Opened in 1978, Greer Stadium is one of the oldest in the Pacific Coast League.

While the stadium has gone through several renovations, talks about a new stadium for the Triple-A team that has been in the city since 1985 have stalled.

That could leave an opening for Oklahoma City.

The Sounds' player-development contract with the Milwaukee Brewers expires at the end of the season.

Last month, a group including Nolan Ryan bought the Texas Rangers, virtually assuring the Rangers-RedHawks partnership would not be renewed. After nearly 30 years of having their Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, the Rangers are expected to pair with Round Rock. Ryan also owns that team.

Neither RedHawks officials nor any officials from major league teams can comment on possible affiliation changes until Sept. 2.

The Brewers are among 13 teams whose PDCs with their Triple-A affiliates expire after this season.

The Mariners extended their agreement with Tacoma through 2014 this week.

The end of the regular season begins a one-month window for teams to negotiate PDCs with new clubs. Until then, teams can only renew their current deals. PDCs can be agreed to in either two- or four-year increments.

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