Indirectly, they already have been. The quarterly owners meetings scheduled to take place in Milwaukee on Sept. 11 and 12 were canceled because of the attacks, meaning Selig and his colleagues missed what might have been a key strategy session. Selig has yet to reschedule the meetings. In fact, he says the labor situation has disappeared from his radar screen since Sept 11. "That's for much later on," he says.
Some players have suggested that the wisest move may simply be to extend the current labor agreement for a year. Selig says that such a move would do nothing to solve the economic woes that grip the sport. Given the situation, though, another year of competitive imbalance would be a small price to pay for peace on baseball's labor front. "[The terrorism] has changed both sides—we'll attack this issue now with less ardor," says union associate general counsel Gene Orza. "Perspective is sometimes achieved at a terrible cost."