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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Premiered: 
    July 4, 2003
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  • Network: ESPN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1916 -- except for 1941 and 1971 -- Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs has hosted a Fourth-of-July Hot-Dog-Eating Contest at its flagship restaurant on Surf Avenue on Coney Island, NY. During this contest, competitors vie to eat the most hot dogs in a set duration of time. If there is a tie, the winning contestants then compete in an eat-off to determine a winner. The first contest, held to determine which of four European immigrants was most patriotic, was won by Irishman James Mullen, who ate 13 hot dogs in 12 minutes. Since then the contest format has changed, dropping from its original 12 minutes to 3-1/2 minutes in the 1970s, increasing to 10 minutes for the 1980s, returning to 12 minutes in 1991, and dropping back down to 10 minutes in 2008. In 2011, the women competed for a separate title for the first time. First televised by ESPN in 2003 on tape delay, ESPN (2004-2011, 2020), ESPN2 (2012, 2013, 2015 & 2017-2019), ESPNews (2014) and ESPN3 (2016) have shown the men's contest live every year since.
The 2020 NATHAN'S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST was televised live by ESPN at Noon ET/9am PT on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

ESPN commentator Mike Golic Jr. does play-by-play of the eating competition and the show includes in-depth analysis by Major League Eating's Richard Shea, with reporting by Jason Fitz. Nathan's Famous will conduct the 2020 Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island on Saturday, July 4, 2020. The annual contest, an American holiday tradition that traditionally has been held on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues for generations, takes place in a private location with COVID-19 safety measures in place. The coverage features Joey Chestnut competing for a record 13th title in the men's contest against 5 other competitors, and Miki Sudo, who will be competing in the women's contest for her 7th title.

Encore presentations air later that day on ESPN2 at 4pm ET/1pm PT and 8pm ET/5pm PT, as well as on ESPNews at 2pm ET/11am PT and 9pm ET/6pm PT.

Other Titles

  • Also known as Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest


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