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Judge rules for US Soccer in antitrust suit

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By Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge ruled for the U.S. Soccer Federation in an antitrust and racketeering lawsuit filed by a defunct promoter but also reaffirmed his decision that Congress' amateur sports act gave the governing body authority over only Olympic events and not the entire professional sport in the country.

The USSF was pleased with the opinion by U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber in Chicago in the six-year-old case, saying his interpretation of the amateur sports act would not impact its authority over the professional sport because it was derived from FIFA, soccer's world governing body.

Leinenweber issued a summary judgment Friday in a suit filed by ChampionsWorld LLC against the USSF and Major League Soccer, a case that claimed the two conspired to put the promoter out of business. But he refused to change his 2010 decision that the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act of 1998 "gives USSF no more of an antitrust exemption or authority over professional soccer than necessary for it to oversee Olympic and related events."