The Buffalo Wing Festival announced it would not hold a 2020 event today. With the removal of the Lewisville, TX tamale contest, scheduled for September, there are currently no upcoming contests with a date on the MLE calendar. (Smoke's Poutinerie contest remains listed without a date). The Colorado State Fair will be scaled back, so a Slopper eating contest appears unlikely.
Joel Hansen ate 37 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win the first prize of $500 at a hot dog eating contest held July 4 in Canton, TX>
Today is the 2 year anniversary of the last update for http://www.sonyatheblackwidow.com/ on July 7, 2018. Since that time, she has not done any interviews, public appearances or social media posts I am aware of and has not competed in an eating contest since receiving a mystery disqualification (and getting completely removed from official contest reports) from the 2018 Nathan's finals. She remains ranked in the MLE top 50 at #16.
According to ratings announced today, 966,000 viewers watched Saturday's broadcast of the Nathan's finals on ESPN. Despite that number being the lowest since 2005 (860,000), it was the top rated original cable program for the day. The official rating was 0.32, down from 0.55 in 2019.
Mashed.com has a video titled, "The Truth About Competitive Eater L.A. Beast".
Kate Ovens appeared on "The Morning Show" in Australia. 7news.com.au has a video and a transcript of her interview.
Andrew Puhl ate 12 Swiss rolls in 34 seconds to win the third Elite Eats Entertainmnet video contest. Travis "Boomer Eats" M. was runner-up and Mike Hornacek was 3rd.
Sportscasting.com has a flashback to former NFL defensive lineman Willian "The Refrigerator Perry" competing in the 2003 Nathan's finals.
ABC27.com has an article about Michael Dietz eating 13 chili dogs at William Penn Restaurant in Lebanon, PA, which set a house record.
Pro football writer Peter King's criticism of Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest and competitive eating in general is almost as much of an annual tradition as the competition itself. OutKick.com has an article about his comments this year and the reaction to them.

Joey Chestnut defends Nathan’s title with record 75

update Official results

1st 75 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut contest record
2nd 42 Darron Breeden
3rd 39.5 Nick Wehry combined with Miki Sudo’s 48.5 to set couples record of 88
4th 24 George Chiger
5th 20 Eric “Badlands” Booker

Joey Chestnut has defended his Nathan’s Famous hot dog title with a record 75 hot dogs.

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Miki Sudo defends Nathan’s title with record 48.5

update Official results

1st 48.5 Miki Sudo personal best, women’s record
2nd 18 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele
3rd 15 Katie Prettyman
4th 8.5 Julie Goldberg
5th 7 Rene Rovtar

Miki Sudo has defended her women’s Nathan’s title with a record of 48.5 hot dogs.

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The fields for the 2020 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest have finally been announced. The big shock is that Geoff Esper is not competing with the men's field consisting of Joey Chestnut, Darron Breeden, Nick Wehry, George Chiger and Badlands Booker. This is the second consecutive surprise omission for Esper after he was left out of the Quarantine Challenge field. The women's field is as expected: Miki Sudo, Larell Marie Mele, Katie Prettyman, Julie Goldberg and Rene Rovtar.
State Fare in Catonsville, MD will hold a hot dog eating contest tomorrow awarding $500 to the winner.

2020 Z-Burger eating contest

Results from video stream, 10 minutes

1st 35 Molly Schuyler new record
2nd 34 Dan “killer” Kennedy broke previous record (32)
3rd 25 Andy Puhl
4th 17 David “Tiger Wings and Things” Brunelli
5th 13 “Gentleman” Joe Menchetti
6th 10 “munchin mike” Longo birthday, ends 4 year hiatus

The 2020 Z-Burger eating contest is now streaming at https://www.facebook.com/zburgerdc/

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Spectrum Local News has an article about Melody Andorfer, winner of the 1972 Nathan's Famous Labor Day contest with a total of 12 hot dogs in 5 minutes. Major League Eating says they will acknowledge her at the 2021 finals.
Barstool Sports has started streaming a hot dog eating where four employees will face off against a bear.
The British Eating League will hold a Big Ben burger eating contest Saturday at the George Pub & Grill in Stockton on Tees, England. The winner will receive £100 Cash and a £100 George food voucher.
Katina Eats Kilos has surpassed 100K subscribers for her youtube channel. I think she is the third American female competitive eater to exceed that benchmark after Raina Huang and Molly Schuyler. Her recent 72 ounce steak challenge video at The Big Texan has received 680K views in about a week.
The food for the new CrossFAT video contest is five Johnsonville bratwursts or sausages. Entries close July 6.
Z-Burger announces that Molly Schuyler will defend her burger eating title on July 3 in Washington, DC. The contest is not open to public spectators. update The field will also include Dan Kennedy, Dave Brunelli, Joe Menchetti, Andrew Puhl and Mike Longo.
Thrillist has an article about the 2020 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.
Andrew Puhl ate 12 McDonald's cheeseburgers in 2:30 to win the second Elite Eats Entertainment video contest. Mike Hornacek was runner-up. The food for the new contest is 12 Little Debbie Swiss rolls.

Quarantine expansion puts Nathan’s field in doubt

New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is expanding the list of states whose residents must self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in his state, which will apparently prevent Matt Stonie (CA), Gideon Oji (GA) and Michelle Lesco (AZ) from competing in the 2020 Nathan’s Finals if they cannot get an exemption. Earlier today, Rich Shea appeared to confirm that Michelle Lesco will not be able to compete. Joey Chestnut is already in New York, so he is not affected by the directive.

update MLE has announced Nick Wehry will replace Matt Stonie.

update July 1 George Chiger will replace Gideon Oji.

update July 1 #2 A press release lists Miki Sudo, Katie Prettyman and Larell Marie Mele as female competitors. Katie Prettyman does not think that Sarah Reinecke and Sophia DeVita will compete due to schedule conflicts.

update July 2 NJ.com reports Rene Rovtar will be the 4th female competitor.

update July 2 #2 Julie Goldberg will apparently complete the women’s field.

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News 12 has a video about Miki Sudo preparing for the Nathan's finals with assistance from Nick Wehry. In her latest training session, she ate 50 hot dogs in less than 10 minutes.
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