What time is the Hot Dog Eating Contest? Channel, TV schedule for 2024 Nathan’s competitions

It’s time to fire up the grill – both literally and figuratively. A timeless American tradition is back on yet another anniversary of the day the country was granted its independence. 

The 2024 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will take center stage of a sporting calendar that will also see 15 MLB games be played across 10 hours, making for a busy slate of games to watch while making food, gathering with friends and family, or taking off work.

Although Joey Chestnut is banned from this year’s competition due to complications with a vegan-based sponsor, some notable names should still be watched, including No. 2 ranked men’s eater Geoffrey Esper and top female participant Miki Sudo.

What time does the hot dog eating contest start today?

  • Women’s contest: 10:45 a.m. ET
  • Men’s contest: Noon ET

Unlike in previous years, numerous ESPN networks will cover the festivities. The action gets underway at 10:45 a.m. ET on ESPN3 (streaming-only) before the men’s portion begins at noon ET on ESPN2. It is unclear how long both will last.

Commentary-wise, long-time E:60 host and Outside the Lines correspondent Jeremy Schaap will describe the action alongside Rich Shea, the president of Major League Eating. Tiffany Greene will handle on-site reporting duties from Brooklyn, N.Y.

What channel is the hot dog eating contest today?

  • TV channel: ESPN3, ESPN2, ESPN (re-air)
  • Live stream: ESPN3, ESPN+, Fubo

ESPN will cover everything hot-dog-related throughout the morning and afternoon, with coverage spread across ESPN2 and ESPN3. The action can be streamed on ESPN+ and Fubo for those without cable or satellite access. Fubo offers a robust selection of content and a free trial, making it seamless to try it out before purchasing it long-term.

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Hot dog eating contest TV schedule

For those who miss the action live, ESPN will broadcast re-airs at 5 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET. Below is the full Fourth of July television schedule, including times and network designations.

Event Time (ET) TV channel/Live stream
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (Women’s) 10:45 a.m. ESPN3
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (Men’s) Noon ET ESPN2, Fubo
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest  5 p.m.* ESPN, Fubo
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest  9 p.m* ESPN, Fubo

* – replay

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