"We don't know yet. We don't have an answer for that yet. It's too soon to know," Greg Aiello, the NFL's vice president of public relations, said from his New York apartment yesterday afternoon. "We're just focused on taking care of our people in our office today, most of whom have left."
Aiello said the league needs to pause before making a determination on the status of the weekend games.
"We'll regroup in the next day or two and figure out where we go from here," he said. "Nobody in the country knows the full impact of the situation yet. So we're following developments and communicating with the appropriate people."
Art Modell, owner of the Ravens, whose team is scheduled to play host to its first Monday night game against the Minnesota Vikings, echoed Aiello's statement.
"It's too early to even discuss Sunday," Modell said.
College football commissioners are considering postponing this weekend's entire schedule of games, and have postponed games scheduled for tomorrow night.
The commissioners from all the Division I-A conferences, including the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and Southeastern, discussed their options for staging this weekend's games during a conference call hours after the attacks.
Two games scheduled for tomorrow night - Penn State at Virginia and Ohio at North Carolina State, both at ACC schools - were postponed yesterday.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic events of this morning," said ACC commissioner John Swofford. "All nine ACC member institutions are in agreement that the next couple of days should be a time for reflection and prayer for families of those involved in this tragedy."
Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, speaking only for his own league's games, said: "We're going to monitor and carefully evaluate everything, and definitely make a decision [today] on our weekend football games,"
The Ohio-N.C. State game has been rescheduled for Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. No date has been set for the Penn State-Virginia game.
Meanwhile, the PGA Tour postponedtomorrow's starts of the World Golf Championship and two other tournaments.
Commissioner Tim Finchem said the American Express Championship, featuring Tiger Woods and top players from tours around the world, would begin Friday with 36 holes. The Tampa Bay Classic will open with 18 holes on Friday and Saturday and a 36-hole conclusion. The same schedule has been applied to the Buy.com Tour event in Oregon.
The Senior Tour will remain on schedule, with a 54-hole event that starts Friday in North Carolina. The LPGA, which is in Oregon this week, said all of its players have been located but no decision has been made about the Safeway Classic.
Salt Lake City Olympic organizing chief Mitt Romney postponed an announcement of Olympic torchbearers, which had been scheduled for today in New York's Battery Park. The park is two blocks from the World Trade Center.
The Indy Racing League said it will decide today on the status of Sunday's Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., and Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., canceled today's cards.