The Fourth of July is upon us, and that means one thing: it’s time for the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest!
The contest traditionally takes place in front of the original Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand, but this year will take place in a private location. The Covid-19 pandemic is not stopping the event, but health and safety protocols are impacting it. Aside from a change of location, 2015 winner Matt Stonie was unable to travel out from California for the event.
The contest will air at noon ET on ESPN, but the World Wide Leader is offering a full day of hot dog festivities. Prior to noon, ESPN2 and ESPNNEWS will alternate broadcasting previous years’ tournaments. Additionally, ESPN3 will offer a dedicated camera for women’s defending champ Miki Sudo at noon and men’s defending champ Joey Chestnut at 12:30 p.m. After the men’s and women’s tournaments air at noon, ESPN2 and ESPNNEWS will re-air it off and on the rest of the day.
Chestnut has won the tournament 12 of the past 13 years, with Matt Stonie the only competitor to knock Chestnut off his perch since he first knocked off Takeru Kobayashi in 2007. Sudo has won six straight tournaments since she knocked off Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas in 2014.
This year will feature five contestants in the men’s contest and five in the women’s contest. The men’s field includes Chestnut, Badlands Booker, Nick Wehry, George Chiger, and Darron Breeden. We don’t have the full women’s field yet, but will update with names once we have them.
In the meantime, DraftKings Sportsbook has partner with the contest to provide odds and a free-to-play pool. Odds have been set for who will win, with the dominant champs set against the field. Chestnut is -1000 while the other rest of the five-man field is +550. Sudo is -835, while the rest of the five-woman field is +500.
DraftKings Sportsbook is also offering a free-play pool with $25,000 in prize money. You simply have to correctly guess ten questions. The winner takes home $500, 2nd-5th each get $100, and 6th-15th get $50. The prize list goes on with 2361st to 6860th each getting $1.