ESPN To Televise Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Through 2017

ESPN To Televise Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Through 2017Fans of competitive eating rejoice! 

ESPN has signed a contract to televise the Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest through the year 2017. The event is held annually at Brooklyn's Coney Island. 

The 2012 competition features more than 25 eating athletes, who will battle in men's and women's divisions, for the prestigious mustard belts. 

The gluttony will not begin until 3 PM Eastern, as ESPN now owns the exclusive rights to Wimbledon, which they will air earlier in the day.

With the later start time, extreme heat may favor the fittest of the eaters. 

Long time eating veteran Jason "Crazy Legs" Conti further explained other potential hot dog issues.

"Heat causes the buns to crisp up more and the dogs to expand, making a run at the (world) record nearly impossible."