The Calgary Stampeders don't like change -- not, at least, when it comes to start times and the Edmonton Eskimos.
Should the Edmonton Oilers' miracle Stanley Cup run extend to six games, that tilt against either the Carolina Hurricanes or the Buffalo Sabres will conflict with the Stampeders' regular-season opener against the visiting Eskimos, both scheduled for June 17.
The Oilers would hit the ice at Rexall at 6 p.m. on CBC, while the Stamps and Eskimos kickoff at the same time on TSN. Viewership for the Eskimos game in the Edmonton market would plummet.
And nationally, the conflict could cut TSN's average audience at least in half to less than 195,000 people.
But Stamps president and co-owner Ted Hellard is indifferent to the Eskimos' plight.
"We're not going to move the game so that people in Edmonton can watch us play on TV," he said.
The Stampeders already have the tickets printed and Hellard said it's a big issue to make the change.
And Stampeders fans are his first concern.
"We don't know how many fans in Calgary would sit out the game to watch the (Stanley Cup) final, or how many Calgary fans would miss our game to watch a Canadian team in the sixth game," Hellard said.
The CFL wasn't interested in the change, either.
"There will be no change in the broadcast time," said CFL spokesperson Jamie Dykstra. "The schedule has already been set."
An afternoon kickoff would also conflict with the Toronto-Hamilton opener that day, airing on CBC at 1 p.m.
"In a perfect situation, we would love both games (the Stanley Cup and our season opener) to be seen in their entirety," said Eskimos director of marketing Dave Jamieson.
Hellard said there is plenty of time for the Eskimos to convince him to change the start time.
But conditions have to make sense for the Stamps, he said.
"If it is to our benefit, we'll consider it," Hellard said. "If it's not to our benefit, it won't move ...
"If I'm not convinced there is a monetary reason to move it, we won't. We're not moving it for them, that's for sure."