Professional cornhole is latest sport to be rocked by cheating scandal

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At this summer’s world championships, rival players have become the latest sport to be rocked by a professional cornhole cheating scandal after rival players accused each other of using illegal bean bags.

The scandal, aptly called “Baggett”, unfolded during the 2022 American Cornhole League (ACL) World Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in August, when professional player Devon Harbaugh first complained that competitor Mark Richards and Philippe López – the number one ranked doubles team – appeared to be using a smaller bag than necessary.

The allegations led to a break in the competition while the bags were inspected by officials, who determined that they had indeed failed to meet the league’s requirements.

“They’re too young,” said ESPN’s Cornhole Color commentator Mark Prior as the saga was playing live on TV. “It’s going to create some drama.”

At that point, Mr Richards and Mr Lopez threw the charge back at their opponent, asking Mr Harbaugh and his team to also inspect the bags being used.

In a dramatic turn, the officers then revealed that their bags had also fallen short of the requirements.

The saga delayed the contest for some time before officials determined that the bag was breached unintentionally and the contest could go on.

The ACL has since doubled down on its stance that the discrepancies were nothing more than honest mistakes by professional players to award $15,000. Both sides have also stated that they are unaware of whether

ACL spokesman Trey Ryder said: “It is possible, but I strongly believe it was not intentional.”wall street journal,

But, fans of the niche sport are less convinced, saying “the dirty underbelly is being exposed” and officials are now trying to improve the rules and policing in the sport.

Mr Ryder said random bag checking will be carried out in the upcoming season and the league is also exploring the possibility of automated bag testing.

“We really had to crack it to make sure all these bags are up to the spec,” Mr. Ryder said.

“Internally we’ve had to invest more in our compliance.”

He added: “We believe we are taking a big step forward.”

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Eric Marvin, President of the American Cornhole Association magazine Big change is on the horizon for the game with new rules announced soon.

“You’re going to see some big changes and movements in the infrastructure of the game. This is when sports evolve,” he said.

Under current regulations, the ACL stipulates that cornhole bags must measure six by six inches and weigh 16 ounces when laid flat.

But, with top players able to take home up to $250,000 a year from winnings, sponsorship deals and advertising, some are trying to make their bags lighter and thinner to increase their chances in the game.

Professional player Nate Ware told the Journal that he washes his bags with fabric softener and then lets them air dry.

“You have average players who do everything possible to make the bag work differently,” he said.

The ongoing scandal in professional cornhole is the latest to rock the sports world.

In September, two men were charged with filling five volleys with lead weights and fish files during a fishing tournament on Lake Erie where the winner would have earned $28,000.

The incident came to light on 30 September when officials suspected that the fish caught by the two contenders – Jacob Runyan and Chaz Kominsky – were much heavier than they usually are.

The fishermen were dramatically exposed when an officer cut the fish and found the weight and fillet of fish stuffed inside.

The two men were charged with the misdemeanors of fraud, attempted grand theft, criminal equipment possession and illegally owning wild animals.

Earlier this year, a major cheating scandal broke out in the chess world, leading to a $100m lawsuit,

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