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Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over Columbus Crew move to Austin

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, Columbus Crew fans show their support for the team before the start of their MLS Eastern Conference semifinal soccer match against New York City FC in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

An Ohio judge isn't dismissing a lawsuit seeking to keep the Columbus Crew soccer team in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a judge on Monday denied the team's and Major League Soccer's request to dismiss the suit brought by the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio.

The lawsuit argues a Crew proposal to relocate to Austin, Texas, didn't comply with state law saying Ohio sports teams using publicly supported facilities must give six months' notice and allow cities or residents a chance to buy the team.

Attorneys for the team and MLS argue Crew SC doesn't receive public financial assistance and the law interferes with the right to conduct business in interstate commerce.

The team's owner had no comment on Monday's decision. An MLS statement called it disappointing.

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