Sounds extend Brewers link

But Milwaukee GM turns up heat on Metro stadium backing

The Nashville Sounds have extended their agreement to be the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers for two more years.

The new deal clears the air about the franchise’s future for a while, but Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin said a new stadium is key to a long-term extension of the partnership that started in 2005.

“While the current facility and conditions are not totally satisfactory, we remain loyal and are very supportive of the ownership and Frank Ward in his continued efforts to get a much-needed new park,” Melvin said in a release. “As general manager of a Major League franchise, I totally believe in this ownership, and if we can get the same support from the city, Nashville will be one of the most desirable franchises in minor league baseball.”

The conversation about a new Sounds stadium has gone silent in 2012 after a study last year recommended three downtown parcels on the fringe of the Central Business District as possible sites. It remains to be seen if the conversation now gets restarted at the slightly more urgent behest of the Brewers.

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with the Brewers,” Sounds co-owner Frank Ward said. “They are an organization that produces quality major leaguers through their minor league system, and we are looking forward to watching Milwaukee's next tier of stars continue to develop in Music City.”