As part of their vote, they agreed not to file suit until at least Jan. 18 -- after the authority's next meeting -- giving attorneys time to craft the lawsuit while continuing to negotiate with the Bucs.
That will also enable Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman, who sits on the authority, to participate in the discussion.
Norman has urged the authority to move cautiously in considering a lawsuit against the team, fearing it could harm Tampa's chances of hosting future Super Bowls. But he was absent Monday.
"We're pretty much on the right track," said sports authority board member Mark Proctor, the lone vote against filing suit.
(St. Petersburg Times (FL) (KRT) -- 12/21/05)