Summer Bummer: Kobayashi Will Not Have a Dog in Nathan’s Race

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As the giant clock on the wall of Nathans counts down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds till the Nathans Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, Metropolis brings the sad news that Takeru Kobayashi will not be carried into the competition on his hot dogshaped throne. A contract dispute is at fault, and the situation is so serious that for once, the vociferous Shea brothers arent commenting. If this totally ruins the spectacle for you, theres now another Coney Island eating competition: Were told Atomic Wings and Franks Red Hot Sauce will sponsor a wing-eating contest on Stillwell Avenue between Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk, part of the Siren Festival, on Saturday, July 17.

Kobayashi, Frankfurter-Eating Machine, Exits Hot Dog Contest [WSJ/Metropolis]