No correlation is needed.
The point is:
a. Fans keep going to the game
b. owners are increasing their revenues
c. players are increasing their salaries
There is no problem with the pace of the game or the length of the game other in the commissioner's head.
Back in 1999 the folks at Blockbuster Video said similar stuff.
a. People keep coming in and renting Toy Story 2.
b. We are currently valued at 2.5 Billion
c. This punishing our customers with late fees thing is increasing our revenues YOY.
4 years later... During a meeting of the board of directors. One of the board members was suggesting that they failed to adjust to market conditions while another board member was on Wikipedia researching Chapter 11 while the Chairman was pointing at a big chart that showed a clear reversal of fortune.
The Rise and Fall of Blockbuster is completely unrelated to the future of baseball. Blockbuster ripped me off once and I have never forgiven them so I like pointing out how stupid they were when context allows.