Hot Dog Contest sticks with ESPN to 2017
May, 24, 2012
By Playbook | ESPN.com
AP Photo/John MinchilloJoey Chestnut won his fifth Nathan's Famous Hot Dog World Eating Championship last year.ESPN has reached an agreement with Major League Eating, in conjunction with Nathan’s Famous, Inc., that provides the network exclusive rights to televise a live, one-hour show of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest each year through 2017.
Last year’s July 4th telecast set a viewership record with 1.95 million live viewers and nearly nine million viewers total on July 4, including two re-airs.
This year’s event will be televised live on ESPN on Wednesday, July 4, at 3 p.m. ET. The show will include in-depth analysis of the eating competition by motorsports broadcaster Paul Page and Major League Eating’s Richard Shea, with reporting by television host Renee Herlocker. The one-hour telecast will also include coverage of the Women’s Championship. This year will be the ninth consecutive year ESPN has televised the event.