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The official MLE twitter @eatingcontest appears to have been "shadowbanned", with none of its tweets appearing in search results. The account does not appear in twitter user search either.
The New Yorker has an account on how George Shea writes introductions for competitive eaters.
TailgateFan.CBSLocal.com has an interview with George Shea. He says MLE would not sanction a ghost pepper or other ultra-spicy contest, but the organization held a "Battle Of The Bhut [Jolokia] XXX Wing Eating Championship" in 2010 and 2011.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Todd Greenwald is being sued by one of the co-founders of the Association of Independent Competitive Eaters (AICE) for allegedly reneging on an oral agreement to become partners and co-owners of All Pro Eating. The lawsuit seeks over $25,000 in damages.
The new poll asks if you think there are more opportunities for top competitive eaters inside or outside Major League Eating.  On Sunday, Glutton Force Five and Jamie McDonald won contests which will enable them to open their own restaurants, which they could not have done if they were bound by the MLE contract.
CBS' Tailgate Fan blog claims that MLE desires a monopoly over competitive eating and says the organization "does not seem to want you to have any food-related fun outside of its sponsored events".
In a comment on his facebook page, Pat Bertoletti says he does not expect to return to Major League Eating, citing contract issues for the termination of the relationship.

All Pro Eating 2013 Calendar

Registration is now open for the Bun & Cheese and Beef Patty Eating Championships in Lake Quassy, CT on July 14. If no All Pro Eating events are added before that date, the only All Pro Eating contest from the first half of 2012 to return this year will be the El Al hamantaschen contest. A new onion ring eating contest will take place in Ohio in May. The January-June schedules for the past two years follows after the jump: Read the rest of this entry »

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Jell-O Pudding Prix violates MLE safety standards

The MLE facebook announces the Jell-O Pudding Prix, where the public will submit videos in which they attempt to best the times for eating a cup of pudding posted by five ranked MLE eaters. (No prizes are listed.)

This competition appears to be in complete violation of the Major League Eating safety standards which are posted at http://www.ifoce.com/safety.php

MLE will not sanction or promote any events that do not adhere to the highest safety regulations. MLE believes that speed eating is only suitable for those 18 years of age or older and only in a controlled environment with appropriate rules and with an emergency medical technician present.

MLE is against at-home training of any kind. MLE strongly discourages younger individuals from eating for speed or quantity under any circumstances. MLE urges all interested parties to become involved in sanctioned events — do not try speed eating home.

Presumably “at” should be the second to last word of the above paragraph.

update Oct 12 CKKraft calls the Pudding Prix a “huge advertising mistake”

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Alex Perez hopes that schedules for September 29 can be rearranged to facilitate him competing in both the tamale eating contest in Lewisville, TX and the fried pie eating contest in Dallas.
Joey Chestnut has posted the following suggestion to the Major League Eating twitter: "you guys need to produce a good contest. I'm starving to death."
Damon "The Omen" Wells announces that he is leaving Major League Eating. He will become the sixth member of the team attempting the 54 inch pizza at at Big Mama's & Papa's on Sunday. This will probably leave the IFOCE top 50 without any southern Californians whenever it is updated (assuming Ben Monson is removed also.)

TheScore.com interviews Takeru Kobayashi

TheScore.com has an interview with Takeru Kobayashi (via FreeKobayashi twitter), who has the following things to say about his former organization:

He also says that MLE has a tendency to send packages of eaters to particular events, with an eye towards tilting the balance towards favoured competitors.

“If they want one character to win [a particular contest]… They choose which [other] players are going to go there… and they can prevent other players who actually want be at that contest from going,” Kobayashi said through James.

That said, he’s quite emphatic in stating that he’s not accusing the competitive eating circuit of being fixed, just that the deck is occasionally stacked in favour of certain eaters.

“No, it’s not [fixed], but in their organization, on their terms… it’s close to being that way. They control it the way that they want it.”

The interview also mentions a thwarted deal with Johnsonville Sausages. (Kobayashi competed in an IFOCE Johnsonville bratwurst contest in 2006.)

“Johnsonville Sausages, for example, contacted Kobi and wanted to work with him… and he wanted to work with them, but he couldn’t,” James says. “They were holding him down, like ‘No… unless they go through us, you can’t work with them,’ which was heinous to him, because he had an agency in Japan that he was with… He didn’t belong to [MLE,] but they came up out of the blue and said ‘We own you, and we’re going to make people sign through us if they want anything to do with you.’”

The article lists Don Povia of HHR Media Group as Kobayashi’s manager. The HHR stands for HuggingHaroldReyndold.com, which Povia co-founded.

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The Wall Street Journal has an article about publicity stunts with quotes from Rich Shea.
Ryan McKillop announces his plans to start a new competitive eating league that will focus on competitors instead of contest sponsors.
Richard Shea will appear on a panel of New York City game changers at Advertising Week's convention on October 4. Al Dejewski, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for Specific Media / MySpace will be another member of the panel.
Don Sturdy reports that Ryan McKillop, currently ranked #33 in the IFOCE top 50, has announced that he has ended his affiliation with that organization.
CompetitiveEaters has posted a video promoting All Pro Eating which primarily uses footage and images from IFOCE contests. update Sept 20 All Pro Eating management says that they had nothing to do with the video, which has been removed.
The field of expected entrants in the September 18 pie eating contest at NYC Apple Day includes Joe Menchetti and Will Millender. This will be Menchetti's first AICE / All Pro Eaters contest since 2008 and Millender's first in over two years.
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that a banana split eating contest in Marshall, Michigan has considered getting sanctioned by a competitive eating organization, but found the price too expensive.

Deadspin on Kobayashi’s exile from MLE

Deadspin has a long piece about Kobayashi’s exile from Major League Eating. The most interesting in the blog entry may not be about Kobayashi, but about Joey Chestnut:

The Sheas have also rejected Chestnut when he’s wanted to branch out independently.

“They are hard to deal with at times,” he said.

The author sits in on a hot dog training session with Kobayashi, who hopes to have his own line of hot dogs. Kobayashi says that his “jawthritis” has prevented him from powerlifiting, leading to a loss of muscle mass.

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tv9kannadanews has a video about Dale Boone competing at the WLOCE eating contest at Nando's in Bangalore, India today. update The Hindu has an article about the contest won by Dale Boone and a longer video from news 9 is also available. update Mar 28 The Bangalore Mirror has an article about runner-up Abhishek M B.

Total IFOCE cash purse for 2010

Summing the cash purses for the 2010 competitions listed on the IFOCE contests page results in a total of $138,250. In Patrick Michels’ article for the Dallas Observer, George Shea claims the total prize value is $550,000.

A breakdown follows after the jump
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A twitter page for the New York City-based League of Amateur Competitive Eaters has been started at http://twitter.com/amateureaters The league is intended for people who have not previously competed in a professional eating contest. update The league also has a facebook page.
The Wall Street Journal reports that George & Rich Shea and Dave Baer have started a bedbug detection business.
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