Friday, February 01, 2008

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest In Fox News

Fox News (which, for better or worse, is one of the nation's largest news providers), has finally decided to acknowledge the world of competitive eating. The article- which went out under Fox Business, not Fox Sports- discusses the general rise of competitive eating over the past ten years, but can't help but focus on the definitive example of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest:

The most famous event, Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Championship, reportedly attracted 40,000 spectators last summer when Joey Chestnut consumed 66 dogs (with buns) in 12 minutes.

This "super bowl" of competitive eating has taken place on Coney Island, N.Y., for at least 40 years and the event has grown tremendously in the last five years, according to Nathan's Famous CEO Eric Gatoff.

Competitive Eating Contests Bring in the Dough [Fox Business]

Photograph courtesy of Dani Golomb for The Village Voice

- post by Ben Nadler

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