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The Official Launch of the ACO Digital Network

By | ACO in the Media (coverage in news), ACO News (from the ACO)

 The ACO continues to lead the fastest growing sports industry in America.

Milford, Ohio- July 17, 2018 – Since the first American Cornhole World Championships held in 2005, there have been eleven more held in places all around the United States including Las Vegas, Nevada, Knoxville, Tennessee and Charleston, West Virginia. This year ACO World Championship XIII is taking place this month (24-28) from Montgomery, Alabama with a record purse of $68,000 and will be broadcast live through the recently launched ACO Digital Network at WeAreCornhole.com. The first complete digital broadcast network in the history of the industry that has become the fastest growing sport in the United States.

Frank Geers, president, and owner of the American Cornhole Organization, or ACO, has been pushing for more television coverage and took a step in that direction by teaming with ViewLift and launching the ACO Digital Network on July 18th. Initially, live broadcasts were mostly viewed through the thirteen-year-old organization’s live streams on Facebook, but once viewership began surpassing the million-view mark during a weekend tournament on a consistent basis, the ACO team knew it was time to take the next logical step with ViewLift. View Lift and the ACO’s partnership will leverage the NYC outfit’s technology to power the ACO’s digital platforms and bring professional cornhole action and original programming to fans worldwide. This partnership between the ACO and ViewLift will enable the ACO to share OTT content through devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV, past world championships and classic matches, streaming live broadcasts from Majors, and comprehensive coverage across all digital platforms, including mobile devices through both an Android and iOS app found in the Google Play and iTunes stores respectively. With a client roster that includes the Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Arena Football, and Major League Lacrosse the ACO will be in great company partnered with ViewLift.

“We are incredibly honored to be the American Cornhole Organization’s digital channel partner. Our goal through this partnership is to grow the ACO into the globally recognized leader for cornhole, and to encourage everyone to participate in this fun- loving sport and community.” Offered Manik Bambha, Co-founder & President at ViewLift.

This strategy sets a precedence for the direction of the organization’s marketing efforts. In addition it provides an organic way for players to build a fanbase as the ACO plans to broadcast over 15 Majors next year, a new series called ACO Fight Club that pits the best of the best against each other in a made for TV single elimination match, and Hole Nation which is cornhole’s official news show. These shows are part of a programming lineup that gives fans an exceptional amount of access to the sports top players. Heading up the new network is C.S. Alexander who was recently promoted from Director of Marketing to Executive Director of the network.

“While partnering with a network for our Major and World Championships is our top priority, we have a vision of building onto the online cornhole culture we helped to foster starting over a decade ago. We are repackaging some of our older content and bringing it a little more up-to-date by adding motion graphics and personal player information, new intros, and sponsors. There is thirteen years’ worth of material, so we will be adding new classics quite often to accompany the World Championships from the past decade, our broadcasted Majors from the past and present seasons, and ACO Replay which packages the best match of each Major into its own show.” Alexander went on to add, “With that said, even with the great content from the past, we envision the culture of the backyard player wanting more as the game experiences its meteoric rise in popular culture. We are already in production or preproduction of several shows including Hole Nation which is like Sports Center for cornhole, Cornhole in Backyard America which showcases some of the best backyards that feature cornhole. Cornhole and Cocktails which will showcase some of the best bars in America who make cornhole part of their identity. These are the kind of shows that feature much of what makes cornhole such a great sport because typically when people are playing they have a beer or drink in one hand and socializing between pitches.”

“I like the direction C.S. has us heading,” said Geers. “We want to build around programming that invigorates viewers to want to play more. We want backyard players to start following their favorite professional players, to get ideas of how to make their cornhole experience even more enjoyable from other homeowners just like them, and we want them to feel connected to this wonderful community that has built up around us.” Geers added, “Once they feel that connection then it is just a matter of time before they are playing in a local ACO league. That’s when you know you love the game and you are hooked for life.” Geers continued, “I do want to reiterate that having a broadcast partner for our Majors and World Championship is our main goal and we are in the middle of some very fruitful negotiations, so I would imagine that soon we are going to be exactly where we want to be.

About ViewLift

ViewLift is a full-service digital content distribution platform empowering media companies, sports leagues and teams, education providers and others to monetize their content through native branded apps on major OTT devices including web, mobile, TV- connected devices, Smart TVs, and gaming consoles. ViewLift’s founding team brings

years of domain experience as an operator (not just a technology provider) and strong industry relationships to offer a complete end-to-end solution for creating, launching and monetizing video applications across 30 device platforms. ViewLift operates across the digital ecosystem, understanding each device’s unique requirements and best practices. ViewLift offers clients a range of monetization models on a proprietary platform with advanced analytics, tracking performance in real-time. ViewLift is backed by leading VC firms, including New Enterprise Associates, Comcast Ventures, and Clark Enterprises, as well as tech and media pioneers Ted Leonsis, Steve and Jean Case, Terry Semel, Robert McCormack and others. ViewLift clients include NBCU; TEGNA; Monumental Sports Network; The Great Courses; Lax Sports Network; Major League Lacrosse; Arena Football League; the five owned-and-operated channels of SnagFilms; and others.

About the ACO

The American Cornhole Organization was created by Frank Geers in 2005 to act as a governing authority for the sport of cornhole. Since its inception, the ACO has created uniformed rules that have been adopted by leagues all over the world, produced innovations such as the two-sided slick and stick bags, and fostered hundreds of regional leagues across the United States. This year in season 13 the ACO has experienced unprecedented growth including 20 major tournaments across the country in cities like San Diego, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, and Charlotte and will hold their 13th World Championships July 24-28th in Montgomery, Alabama with purse and prizes of over $68,000. To learn more about the ACO visit AmericanCornhole.com or WeAreCornhole.com to experience the new ACO Digital Network.

Contact: C.S. Alexander American Cornhole Organization 910-547-3874 cs@americancornhole.com

Davis Nation makes a statement in Monroeville, PA

By | Cornhole Dude

Wow what a dominant performance by the Davis family coming up from North Carolina to compete at this weekends Major in Monroeville, PA.

Erick Davis:

  1. World Singles Major Champion
  2. World Doubles  Major Champion
  3. Juniors Major Champion

Robbie Davis:

  1. World Doubles Major Champion
  2. World Singles Major Third Place

Braden Davis:

  1. World Doubles Major Second Place
  2. World Singles Major Fourth

It was a very impressive showing by one of the deepest blood lines in cornhole.

Look out Guy Nation / Avery Nation there is clearly another Nation that has been formed. I’m excited to see what happens with the rest of this season and am looking forward to following this family as they make their run in Montgomery, AL this year at the ACO World Championships of Cornhole 13.

On another note:

Hat’s off to Drew Brown and his Trifecta run of nearly sweeping through every Davis to win the title. He actually did win back to back to back games against each of them, however since he was coming out of the losers bracket he had to win two games against Erick to win the overall title in the championship match. While he just fell short, it was a very impressive run by Mr. Drew Brown up from Georgia for the ACO Monroeville Major, Season 13.

 

Cornhole community loses a good guy….

By | Cornhole Dude, Uncategorized

Mike Blate pictured in his store, Slick Woodys Cornhole Company

Michael J. Blate, age 53 (1964-2017)of North Canton, passed away Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. He was born in Akron, Ohio on Sept. 22, 1964. Mike was a 1982 graduate of Central Catholic High School, and attended Walsh University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Management and Finance. Mike was a member of St. Paul Catholic Parish and was a leader in the EDGE program. He loved all sports and in particular Walsh University basketball. He previously coached his boys in football at Jackson Pee Wee Football League and St. Michael.

While I didn’t have the chance to know Michael Blate very well,  I did do some business with him over the years and he always seemed like an honest and hardworking man. He was self-employed like myself, who built  IPG Global Marketing and Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company over the last decade. Both businesses had become very successful for him and his family. Matt Guy,  the seven time ACO World Champion “King of Cornhole”, was a very good friend of Mike’s and had nothing but great things to say about him when we discussed his passing the other day at the OK Horseshoe Club in Cincinnati.

It was a great loss for his family, Matt Guy and the Cornhole community.

Rest in peace.

 

 

That’s me and my dad….

By | ACO Video, Cornhole Dude

This is probably one of my favorite cornhole items. My oldest son, Bailey, had a school artwork project when he was in 4th grade back in the April of 2007. The project was to build a shadow box. My son Bailey decided to build his shadow box around a day in our lives. He forever captured that memory for us with the shadow box he built around that day we spent together. We played cornhole in the morning and then enjoyed a mid-afternoon lunch at one of our favorite burger joints in Cincinnati.

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I love this piece of artwork and keep it prominently displayed in my office.

My Cornhole Journey

By | Cornhole Dude

I should have started my cornhole blog some 13 years ago when I entered the world of cornhole from the advertising industry. I came across cornhole by accident while tailgating before a Cincinnati Bengals football game. Yes sorry to say it is true I’m a Cincinnati fan. The game immediately caught my interest as an incredible social activity and a great branding opportunity for businesses through customizing the boards and bags. I also realized by actually playing the game that it was highly addictive and brought out the competitive nature in people.

I soon wondered why it couldn’t become more than just a tailgate / backyard game. I thought to myself if this was properly organized and promoted it could certainly evolve into something bigger, the vision was to make it a recognized global sport. I had no intentions of being a comedian, but in the eyes of my friends and wife when I explained to them that I was going to leave my current business and pursue my passion and dream to take this bean bag tossing game called Cornhole to another level, they laughed. I actually made my wife cry that day back in the Summer of 2005.

Fast forward to 2017 and cornhole is now being looked at by major sports networks. Cornhole is being used by businesses for team building, brand awareness and networking functions. There are now countless companies selling boards and bags in what has clearly become a multi-million dollar industry, if not more. There are also numerous charities around the country using it for fundraising purposes. To top it all off the ACO World Championships of Cornhole which crowns the single best player on the planet in July annually will be hosting over 500 players from 25 plus states at this years event in July 24-28, 2017 in Montgomery, AL. This event will carry a minimum of $68,000.00 in purse and prizes. It also will likely be televised by a national sports network. The point is cornhole is going big time and we are a huge part of picture.

My name is Frank Geers and I am the “CORNHOLE DUDE”. I am the founder of the American Cornhole Organization or ACO. I founded the company in October of 2005 and it has become the recognized governing body to the sport of cornhole. We didn’t invent the game, we just made it better.

I’m going to use this blog to keep track of my life in general and the continuation of my journey to make cornhole a global sport and the Worlds most played game.

Get ready for a pitchin’ fun journey.

GAME ON!