Nathan’s July 4th Event Information:

The greatest competitive eaters on earth will gather on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island on Thursday, July 4, 2013 to compete in the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest, an event that has been held each year since 1916, according to the archives.

Last year, Joey Chestnut—the number-one-ranked eater in the world—tied his own world record by consuming 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in front of a crowd of 40,000 fans. While in the women’s competition, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas set a new world record by consuming 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

The contest is free and open to the public. Pre-show festivities will start at 10:30AM and will feature varied entertainment including the Brooklyn Community Choir, the Ken Gross Orchestra, the Skyriders, a rap performance by Eric “Badlands” Booker, a drum battle to the death, magic acts and more.

Those fans planning to attend the contest will want to arrive early. The event will also be broadcast live on ESPN2.

For those on mass transit, take the subway—D, F, Q, N—to the final stop, Stillwell Avenue. You will not be able to miss it from there. Those driving will want to take the Belt Parkway to Exit 6, Cropsey Avenue, and head south toward the water until you hit Surf Avenue. Take a left and you will see Nathan’s on the right at Stillwell Avenue.

Other attractions in Coney Island include the Cyclone, Deno’s Wonder Wheel and Luna Park, and Ruby’s Bar.

WHERE: Nathan’s Famous Restaurant
1310 Surf Avenue (corner of Stillwell)
Coney Island, Brooklyn

WHEN: July 4, 2013 from 10:30AM to 1PM



July 2, 2013

Re: Advance Notice of Potential Infringement

Pursuant to Title 17 U.S.C. 411(b), this will serve as notice to you that ESPN, Inc. (“ESPN”) has the exclusive right to exhibit the 2013 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (the “Contest”) throughout the universe. Live coverage from Coney Island, New York on Thursday, July 4, 2013 will commence with the Women’s Championship on ESPN3 at 11:30 a.m. (EDT) and the Men’s Championship will be telecast on ESPN2 from 12-1p.m. (EDT).

ESPN is the author of the telecast of the 2013 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and intends to secure the copyright.

Live television coverage of the Hot Dog Eating Contest by any entity other than ESPN is prohibited. The following rules apply to television coverage, as well as the Internet and other broadcast platforms and media.

No portion of the Contest can be televised, even if coverage is supplied to you by other broadcasters, cablecasters or news services, until the completion of each respective game on a given day.

No use of any portion of the Contest may be used until after the conclusion of our live television coverage of the event at approximately 1 p.m. (EDT). Only after the conclusion of our telecast, you may, for news purposes only, televise excerpts of our coverage, to a maximum of two (2) minutes of highlights, in the aggregate. Such uses are limited to regularly-scheduled bona fide hard news and multi-sports television news programs only and to the first 48 hours after conclusion of the applicable match. Excerpts can only include highlight footage of competition, no interviews, features or audio material, and must be recorded off-air. You must provide appropriate video courtesy credit to “ESPN” in any program using excerpts of our coverage.

National and local news media may air up to two (2) minutes of footage in regularly scheduled news programming after ESPN concludes its live telecast, which is expected to be at 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

This letter is to advise you, and to request that you notify your affiliates and other related companies, that to copy and/or perform the 2013 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest exhibited by ESPN, other than as allowed hereby, or to exploit ESPN’s exhibition of the Contest, without ESPN’s express written authorization, may subject you or them, respectively, to liability for copyright infringement of ESPN’s rights in the Contest. If you or your affiliates or other related companies wish to exhibit or cause the exhibition of an excerpt of the 2013 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, please contact me with your request.

ESPN hereby reserves all of its rights and remedies at law and in equity in the event of any violation of its rights.


Louise Argianas
Director – Rights & Clearances
(212) 456-2997