DALLAS (AP) _ A group of Texas Rangers season ticket holders has failed to bar the team from selling tickets to its seats until the baseball strike is over.

A judge Wednesday denied the request from 16 ticket holders who sued the ballclub in December asking that their rights to specific season tickets be maintained.

A lawyer for the team said the plaintiffs were attempting to ``keep their place in line'' without paying.

State District Court Visiting Judge Joe Clayton ruled the team doesn't have to hold season tickets for fans who haven't paid for them in advance. He also ruled the Rangers could continue to sell them to others.

The ticket holders, who said they didn't want to see replacement players, had purchased bonds that gave them options to buy tickets for the same seats each year.

Collin Porterfield, who represents the ticket holders, said no decision has been made on whether to appeal.

``These people spent the money, bought their seats, bought options for their seats,'' he said. ``They want to see major league baseball.''

The ticket holders also are seeking damages from the Rangers for last year's games canceled due to the strike. Trial in that case is scheduled for August.