MFP Baseball, LLC, owners of the Nashville Sounds Baseball Club, made two significant announcements Thursday relative to the future of the club and professional baseball in Nashville.
Sounds co-owner and CEO Frank Ward has released the following statement regarding the announcements:
“I would like to make clear that the ongoing rumors and unsubstantiated reports that the team is for sale are wrong. Both myself and my partner, Masahiro Honzawa, are passionately committed to professional baseball in this region and have no interest in selling the ball club. We believe in Nashville's rich and colorful baseball history and believe the hard work of our staff over the past four seasons proves our commitment is long-term. Despite the challenges of playing in the oldest ballpark in Triple-A baseball, we have elevated baseball's relevance within the Nashville sporting scene.”
Ward continued, “However, what I would like to announce today is that we are entertaining offers from a number of individuals and corporations who have expressed an interest in becoming a minority shareholder in the club. We have made it clear that any consideration would only be made to those people who share our commitment to keep the ball club in Nashville. It has always been our intention to embrace the people of this region in the future of the Sounds, a club they have supported since 1978.”