Kobayashi Will Compete In This Year’s Hot Dog Eating Contest From Afar
During the 2010 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, Takeru Kobayashi, a legend in the "sport" of competitive eating, was in the midst of a contract dispute with the event's organizers.
He was prohibited from entering last year's pork shove-in-your-mouth-athon, but crashed the party anyway, bum rushing the Coney Island stage in a "Free Kobi" t-shirt. This would lead to an arrest on disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction of property and trespassing charges, and he spent the night in a New York City jail. The charges were later dropped, but bad blood between competitive eating's most recognizable face and its governing body remains. Once again, Kobayashi has been kept from entering Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Kobayashi, however, is undeterred. He'll be eating hot dogs today, with the same time limit and rules as the guys in Coney, albeit on the rooftop of a Manhattan bar.
Today, 230 FIFTH, New York City’s largest Rooftop Garden Bar and Penthouse Lounge announced it will be the site of Takeru Kobayashi competing, via satellite TV, against the contestants of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Next to a giant outdoor plasma screen showing the live ESPN broadcast of the Coney Island wiener chow-down, Kobayashi, will ingest hot dogs in sync with the contestants at the Nathan’s event seven miles away.
If you'd like to keep up with Kobayashi's progress today, the Wall Street Journal is live blogging it.
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