"You don't want to turn it into a lockdown," he said.
The Maryland Stadium Authority was relieved when the NFL postponed Monday night's scheduled Ravens game. The nationally broadcast game at 69,000-seat PSINet Stadium might have been a tempting target for terrorists or copycats, Slosson said.
Ravens coach Brian Billick, who came out in favor of playing the games that were postponed this week, said that the important thing is to move forward.
"I don't know that we're going to be any more or less secure three weeks from now than we are this week," Billick said. "We can't be chased out of what we do in this country. I'm confident that the appropriate steps will be made to keep everybody - both fans and players alike - safe."
The Washington Redskins, who were scheduled to play the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx Field today, also have a lengthy break before they play at home again. Their next scheduled game in Landover is Sept. 30 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
FedEx Field is one of the closest major sports venues to the carnage that took place at the Pentagon, so returning to the stadium will be a challenge for the players as well as the fans.
"It hit home," said Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith. "It's definitely affected not only myself, but each and every individual on this team in a very negative way. I spent 15 years in upstate New York, but I can relate to this incident. The first Super Bowl that we [the Buffalo Bills] played in was during the Gulf War. I can remember the vivid pictures of Apache helicopters flying above the stadium for protection and safety of the individuals in that stadium."
Of course, football and baseball officials have to take both a short-term and long-term approach to the security issue. NFL executives are busy overseeing the resumption of the regular-season schedule next weekend, but also have to look ahead to their signature national event - Super Bowl XXXVI, which takes place in New Orleans in late January.
"Super Bowl security is an issue every year," said NFL vice president of public relations Greg Aiello. "It will be heightened like it was during the Gulf War [in 1991]."
The NFL already has been at the technological forefront of fan security. The sport came under criticism from civil libertarians in January when it implemented a high-tech security system that photographed all fans and matched their faces against a computerized police lineup of known criminals. Chances are, there will be less resistance to such measures in the heightened state of public alert that is certain to accompany the resumption of big-time sporting events.
For Major League Baseball, postponing the start of the playoffs and World Series won't put enough distance between the events and terrorist attacks to erase concerns. Selig said baseball has taken the necessary precautions to ensure safety.
"We have all of our people, all of our registered agents, in contact with all the appropriate agencies in the [major-league] cities and nationally," Selig said. "When I tell you that we have left no stone unturned, I mean we have left no stone unturned."
Mitt Romney, president of Salt Lake Organizing Committee, met this week with the head of the Secret Service and members of Congress to ask for even more help.
The plan already includes no-fly zones over venues and a 17-block fenced-in area downtown, being policed by nearly 5,000 officers from 60 agencies and 1,400 federal troops.
"We have enough officers now, but we will try to increase that number without becoming so visible a presence that we become the story," said Salt Lake Police Chief Rick Dinse, who is helping lead security efforts. The U.S. World Cup qualifier game between the United States and Jamaica also could present some logistical problems when it takes place Oct. 7 at Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts, but the World Cup is another international event that already abides by strict security standards.
"Every World Cup qualifier at this stage, the final round, always has a high intensity of security," said Amilio Pozi, managing director of events for the U.S. Soccer Federation. "FIFA brings in a security officer with a checklist that applies to all international games, so extraordinary measures are already in place. We'll take that lead and follow it up with additional local authority. So we'll review it with the Massachusetts authorities to see if additional steps should be taken."