Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest will air live on Wednesday, July 4, at noon ET on ESPN2. The one-hour telecast marks the 15th consecutive year ESPN has televised the event. Prior to the main event, the Women’s Championship will begin at 10:50 a.m. ET on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app.
ESPN commentator Adam Amin will do play-by-play of the eating competition for the first time and the show will include in-depth analysis by Major League Eating’s Richard Shea, with reporting by Melanie Collins. George Shea, MLE chairman, will host the stage show for the historic contest, which has been held in Coney Island, NY, for decades and attracts top eating talent from around the world. In addition to the live event on ESPN2, an ESPN3 camera will be focused on Joey Chestnut as he attempts to break his world record of 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
ESPN’s coverage will feature stories on: Chestnut’s renewed desire to continue breaking records, Carmen Cincotti’s quick rise to the elite in competitive eating, newcomer Max Suzuki of Japan, and the deepest field in the events history with six eaters potentially eclipsing 50 hot dogs and buns.
Encore presentations of Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest will air later that day on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET and 7:30 pm ET as well as on ESPNEWS at 6 p.m. ET.