2014 Nathan’s finals live on ESPNews

The July 4 schedule for ESPNews shows that the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest will be shown live on that channel starting at noon. Only the men’s contest will be televised; ESPNews will show SportsCenter at 11:30. There will be three tape-delayed showings of the contest on ESPN2 on July 4, 5 and 6 and ESPN Classic will show 6 contests from previous years on July 4. The main ESPN channel has no listings of the 2014 Nathan’s contest, this would make it the first year since 2003 it was not televised on that channel.

A listing of MLE programming on ESPN networks follows:

(Nathan’s finals viewer numbers from this post)

Comments (22)


  1. anonymous said

    June 28, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

    as long as its shown live on any channel affiliated with ESPN then thats good. You would think after all these years that IFOCE would branch out to the point where all Nathans qualifiers were shown live on television even if came down to a public access channel The exposure is vital . Pretty lame that after 17yrs of Nathans qualifiers there is still a shortage of video footage from qualifying circuit. Cant even find them on youtube. You have to wonder whos fault that is?

  2. Talent Scout said

    June 28, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

    This could have been avoided if the IFOCE had involved Seiken in previous years broadcasts. With his color commentary ESPN ratings would have exploded!!! Now look what you have!!

  3. Anonymous said

    June 28, 2014 @ 11:59 pm

    No one wants to hear a blubbering idiot on the 4th, rich does just fine with the color commentary

  4. Anonymous said

    June 29, 2014 @ 1:23 am

    Seiken is doing fine with his podcasts thats all he needs

  5. Without eatfeats i have no life said

    June 29, 2014 @ 1:37 am

    guess when you turn 50 with no friends and no social life except for the imaginary friend with the boat, this is what you have left

  6. anonymous said

    June 29, 2014 @ 2:35 am

    I am only interested in the 2009 contest where Seiken judged the event . Even if his face is visible for 5 seconds thats all that matter s

  7. media critic said

    June 29, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    They keep having a blubbering idiot as a commentator. CLC

  8. Anonymous said

    June 29, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    CLC has been and competed in the finals, seiken can barely eat 11. Fact.

  9. No surprise said

    June 29, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    With the problem of you-know-who that can’t stand not to have her face on TV, everyone probably decided that it wasn’t worth the hassle.

  10. Anonymous said

    June 29, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    Both had eating roommates and training partners: CLC-Janus Seiken-Roaches

  11. anonymous said

    June 29, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    The rest of Seiken’s room mates are being bussed in from Brooklyn.

  12. anonymous said

    June 29, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    941 he ate 17 at citifield but you only want to remember negative stuff. How many did you eat after your fat ass was thrown out of IFOCE? Ha ha ha ha

  13. anonymous said

    June 29, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    Seiken never ate 17, he ate 12 and had an extra plate. Once a fat loser, always a fat loser.

  14. gourmand said (Registered December 1, 2013)

    June 29, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    Why is MLE’s site down again?? Yesterday and today. I wanted to find out when the Cleveland qualifier is and Brian Seiken’s ranking. I was planning on writing something positive about him.

  15. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    June 29, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

    The contest is at 3pm eastern


  16. anonymous said

    June 29, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    Midget never ate 28 never ate 20 never ate more than maybe 19 He cheated his way to the finals with bad judging and spent the whole time bitching to jarvis or seiken about hardy booker conti and anyone else the two faced fuck could find something wrong with

  17. gourmand said (Registered December 1, 2013)

    June 29, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    Thanks OJ! I wish BOB would enter. Nathan’s won’t be the same without him.

  18. anonymous said

    June 29, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

    It was not televised on ESPN in 2003 First year was 2004 MSNBC televised it with Curtis Sliwa as the co anchorman. He made some negative comments about the Japanese and Kobayashi taking super enzymes to increase his stomach capacity which led to his termination with the station

  19. anonymous said

    June 29, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

    Why is the site down? Ill tell you why its down. Because Meadowlands was snuck in at the last minute so Conti could win uncontested How do you like that loser ?

  20. gourmand said (Registered December 1, 2013)

    June 29, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

    “Because Meadowlands was snuck in at the last minute so Conti could win uncontested”

    If that’s true, Subich, Hendry, Locust, and Dud Light might have something to say about that.

  21. anonymous said

    June 30, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

    OMG did you know that Joey Chitwood according to the MLE twitter page is featured in a comic strip?

  22. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

    ESPN did show the mens contest live i would assume a last minute schedule change . You stated that ESPNews was gping to show the contest instead of basic ESPN cable network

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