Time change not likely

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos' quest to get their regular-season opener moved to avoid a conflict with Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final has taken another hit.

The Eskimos asked the Calgary Stampeders yesterday to consider moving the 6 p.m. start time for the June 17th game at McMahon Stadium to 3 p.m., which would likely avoid any overlapping with the 6 p.m. puck drop for Game 6 at Rexall Place.

However, according to the Calgary Stampeders, TSN - the broadcast rights holder for the game - will not approve the time change because the sports channel is carrying the U.S. Open golf tournament during the afternoon.

"And it's really an issue with TSN because they control the start time (of the football game)," said Stampeders president Ted Hellard yesterday, a day after telling Sun Media the only way a time switch would happen was if the Stamps would make more money.

The possibility of moving the game to 8 p.m. has also been discussed, but that means most of the first half would overlap with the third period of the Stanley Cup game on CBC and a possible trophy presentation.


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