The month of July is arguably the slowest on the sports calendar. The NBA and NHL playoffs have finished, NFL training camp and the college football season are still off in the distance, and unless there’s a major soccer tournament, the sports calendar can be somewhat barren outside of the marathon MLB season.

It’s a time where you might find some different and unique sporting events on ESPN and other sports channels. FS1 recently televised a darts tournament from Las Vegas. ESPN has taken to airing drone racing. But there’s another sport out there that you may never thought you’d see on national television that also made it to ESPN airwaves.

Cornhole.

The favorite game of midwestern tailgaters got national exposure with the “Championship of Bags” tournament. And here’s the amazing thing about it – people actually watched! Younger audiences especially tuned into the broadcast over the weekend – in the 18-49 demo on Saturday, cornhole actually outrated MLB on FS1!

Imagine Rob Manfred spitting out his coffee when being told that he was losing younger fans to cornhole.

The total audience was well over 300k viewers, which is more than double a typical episode of Skip Bayless’ debate show on FS1. That’s a win for humanity.

Maybe you never thought you’d live to see the day when cornhole got national television coverage on ESPN, but here we are. The reaction from fans varied from “this is the greatest thing ever” to “this is a certain sign of the apocalypse.”

Maybe watching guys throw beanbags at wooden boards isn’t your idea of an exciting Saturday, but they said the same thing about poker once upon a time as well. More power to ESPN and other networks for trying something new and seeing what will catch on. Who couldn’t relate to a game of cornhole or think to themselves that maybe they too could find a random leisurely activity that would allow them some facetime on ESPN. Who knows, maybe ESPN in 2087 will be airing esports, drone racing, and cornhole as their major sports.

At the very least, cornhole definitely beats another First Take special or ESPN airing every single minor league game of Tim Tebow so keep in mind that it could always be worse.

Pic via @Bubbaprog

About Matt Yoder

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  • I don’t mind if baseball loses its popularity to soccer. Or the X-Games. But this? I am cut to the core!

  • drew

    ESPN was built on oddball “sports” like this. Loved watching Strongest Man. That it beat baseball is shocking

  • davesnothere

    It’s better than talking heads trying to out-SJW each other.

    • inku palios

      Or which ESPN reporter can make the most slanderous sports story.

  • shanemacgowansteeth

    Just put the cricket on, but as is from the host broadcast feed. Nearly 7 hours of interrupted colonial nonsense a day

  • Honorarius

    Next up: Horseshoes and Disc Golf…

    • whittx

      Beer Pong, the World Series of Beer Pong.

  • JJ

    How about dirt track racing? USMTS. IMCA. Come on ESPN.

  • MrBull

    Is espn going back in time to cover the type of events that it first carried when starting up back in 1979 or 1980….what is next Tractor Pull?

    • Bob Faestel

      I will repeat myself, at least tractor pulling tops poker, hockey, and drone racing by a huge margin.

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Corn hole is on The Mothership while Roller Derby is confined to The Ocho 🤣🤣🤣

  • In August there’s also golf, motorsport, tennis, swimming, athletics, rugby… far from barren.

  • Bob Faestel

    If they are going to show hockey, poker, and drone racing then cornhole is great idea. I can see that being far more popular than any of the previous 3. I mean poker, really, who watches poker? Poker is not a sport by any stretch of the imagination and poker is no more a spectator activity than masturbation is. Poker on TV is a bunch of adults sitting indoors with sunglasses on (gotta protect your eyes from UV rays indoors) baseball caps, and even condoms covering their faces, really????