Cornhole League May Be Moving on from Tailgates and Backyards, Aiming for the Olympics

by Jonathan Howard
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Right now, there are ongoing efforts to bring cornhole to the Olympics. Big backers in the American Cornhole League have made it possible. Legendary basketball coach John Thompson III is behind the effort. While the game started out in backyards, beaches and parking lots, it could be headed for the biggest world stage soon enough.

Cornhole has been an American pastime for quite a while. A great game to play while hanging out with family and friends and have a beer or a few. However, it has recently gained in popularity and has only grown. It is an enticing game. Almost anyone can do it, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to casually play, but these American Cornhole League players mean serious business. The league commissioner, Stacey Moore can’t wait for future opportunities.

“I’m really excited about the doors this is going to open for us. We’re looking forward to adding on partners that they can bring to the table and then business expansion in general,” Moore said on a phone call, “We like to say that we’re the only sport that can be played at another professional or college sporting event. The portability of our game is unique, And, obviously, we want to make cornhole an Olympic sport.”

The passion is clear in Moore’s remarks. Making games and sports accessible is the first step to growing popularity in those sports. Cornhole can be put in the trunk of a car and taken hours across the country in time for the Dallas Cowboys kickoff. It isn’t hard to understand. There are simple rules both written and unspoken. Also, the league is massive. The ACL says they have around 120,000 players total and with 30,000 tournaments, there are local ones wherever you are.

Shemar Moore is a big Cornhole League Fan

Shemar Moore, star of CBS drama S.W.A.T., is a big cornhole fan. In fact, last month he was seen participating in a world-renowned tournament. The Throw Down is the world’s largest cornhole tournament held each year in Ventura, California. Moore and a few of his costars play for their own official team, SWAT Cornhole.

With a star like Moore backing the sport, it is no wonder that leaders believe they can get the sport to the Olympics. While it might not be in the next Olympic Games, there is no reason to doubt that it could end up in future Games somewhere down the line. Especially once overseas interest takes off. Once it becomes a global game and perhaps a global league, then it has a great chance of becoming an Olympic sport. The American Cornhole League is just the beginning.

With so many big-time supporters and grassroots leagues and teams, this sport is only going up.

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