This is the tradition of July 4th every year:
Fans sit in front of their grills at home, watching the best diners in the world compete, and see who can eat the most hot dogs. This year, all eyes are on Joey “Jaws” Chestnut to see if he can break last year’s record of 75.
Well, anyway, as long as ESPN’s feed allows it.
Throughout the 10-minute broadcast of the men’s game in the afternoon, ESPN lost three games, including Chestnut about to break the world record at the end of the game (he did it, completing his 76th hot dog and bun).
Due to the high stakes, the game was held in front of the fans again for the first time since 2019. The home audience was obviously upset because the game only lasted 10 minutes.
Here is how people reacted to the cut-off feed on Twitter:
Tomorrow we discover that ESPN paid a $92 million crypto ransom to hackers to restore hot dog feed
-RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 4, 2021
-Matt Bufano (@MattBufano) July 4, 2021
At the critical moment of Nathan’s famous hot dog eating contest, ESPN’s feed has been issued many times 😬😬😬 pic.twitter.com/WlxEujwrbG
-Mark Freund (@MarkFreundTV) July 4, 2021
ESPN lost the “feed” of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. I guess they can’t cut mustard. I don’t like their failure.
-Robert A George (@RobGeorge) July 4, 2021