Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2021: Where to Watch July 4th Coney Island Extravaganza

Joey Chestnut will be looking for a 14th title in 15 years when Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest returns to Coney Island, New York, on July 4.

Chestnut has won the title for the past five years after his shock defeat to Matt Stonie in 2015.

Not even the coronavirus pandemic—which forced the event to be held away from its traditional location in 2020—could stop Chestnut, and the 37-year-old is again the firm favorite ahead of the July 4 extravaganza.

Last year, the Kentucky native obliterated the competition by wolfing down 75 wieners and buns in 10 minutes, setting a new record.

The field is far more open in the women's contest, however. Miki Sudo will not defend the title she has won for the past seven years because she is expecting her first child.

Sudo also set a new record last year, devouring 48.5 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Here's everything you need to know about this year's event.

When Is Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2021?

As is traditional, the contest takes place on July 4. The women's event begins on Sunday at midday ET and the men will get stuck into the dogs shortly afterward.

Where Is Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2021?

After the contest was forced to take place in a private location compliant with COVID-19 safety measures last year, the 2021 event will return to its traditional home of Coney Island. The competition will be held at Maimonides Park, with spectators again allowed to attend.

How to Watch Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on TV

The event will be on ESPN, which has broadcast the contest since 2003. Coverage of the women's championship kicks off at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN3, followed by the men's championship at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN.

ESPN commentator Mike Golic Jr. will be on play-by-play commentary duties, with Jason Fitz and Richard Shea of Major League Eating providing analysis.

How to Watch Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Online

A live-stream of the event will be available on ESPN+ and via streaming services such as fuboTV and SlingTV, which carry ESPN.

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Odds

Defending champion Joey Chestnut is overwhelmingly expected to defend his title.

According to odds compiled by Bovada, Chestnut is a 1-50 favorite to win for the sixth consecutive year, while the rest of the field is at 13-2.

The over/under bar on the number of hot dogs eaten by the winner of the men's contest is set at 73.5. For those looking for prop bets, Chestnut is 1-2 to eat more than 9.5 hot dogs in the first minute.

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champion Joey Chestnut
Nathan's Hot Dog Eating champion Joey Chestnut, at the Today Show in New York City on July 5, 2019. Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage/Getty Images