DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott asked a federal judge Friday to bar lawyers from questioning her about her racial opinions as part of a civil lawsuit concerning a minor-league baseball team.

Schott's lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking Judge Walter Rice to prevent any inquiry into her religious beliefs or practices, ethnic background, or opinions on racial relations and racial discrimination.

Schott is to be questioned in private later this month by lawyers for Baseball at Trotwood Inc., which tried unsuccessfully to bring a minor-league team to the Dayton area.

The Reds ultimately granted territorial rights to the Dayton Professional Baseball Club, allowing that group to bring a Class-A Reds affiliate to Dayton next spring. The team will compete in the Midwest League.

The Dayton Professional Baseball Club and Schott have been sued by Baseball at Trotwood, which alleges it was the victim of racial discrimination. One of Baseball at Trotwood's investors was former boxing promoter Rock Newman, who is black.

Schott twice has been disciplined by Major League Baseball for making inflammatory remarks. She was suspended by baseball's executive council for the 1993 season because of ``racially and ethnically offensive'' remarks.

Schott agreed to turn over daily operation of the Reds to John Allen in 1996 rather than accept another suspension for additional inflammatory remarks.

The request by Schott's lawyers said she played no part in the Reds' decision to grant territorial rights to the Dayton Professional Baseball Club because she had been suspended from making such decisions at the time.

``Her own background and views have no relevance to any decisions being challenged by the plaintiffs as being discriminatory,'' the motion said.

It said any questioning of Schott would be designed only to ``annoy, embarrass or oppress'' her and waste her time.

Anne Frayne, lawyer for Baseball at Trotwood, said her client would oppose Schott's motion.

``It appears the defendants don't want us to get to the real issue at hand, which is racial discrimination,'' she said.