Bombers kicker Castillo critical of CFL's use of chipped footballs

7 Jun 2024


One game into the 2024 season, and the CFL has a kicking controversy to deal with.

Winnipeg kicker Sergio Castillo took issue with the league's chipped footballs Thursday night following the Bombers' season-opening 27-12 home loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

Castillo missed two of the three field goals he attempted in the game (38 and 40 yards) along with a convert.

Last season, the 33-year-old made 46-of-51 field goals he attempted (club-record 90.2 per cent).

The CFL has inserted microchips into its footballs to help generate real-time advanced statistics through Genius Sports, its data and technology partner.

But many CFL kickers, including Saskatchewan's Brett Lauther, who is also the vice-president of the CFL Players' Association, have said the chips negatively impact kicking accuracy.

Montreal kicker David Cote made both of his field goals (22, 19 yards) but missed a convert.

   This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 7, 2024.

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