Get All Access for $5/mo

Joey Chestnut Is Going From Nathan's to Netflix for a Competition 15 Years in the Making Chestnut was banned from this year's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest due to a "rival" contract. Now, he'll compete in a Netflix special instead.

By Emily Rella Edited by Melissa Malamut

Mario Tama/Getty Images
Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi eat a hot dog at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest official weigh-in ceremony July 3, 2007.

One day after Joey Chestnut confirmed he was "gutted" to not compete at this year's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, he announced that he'll face off in a first-of-its-kind competition streamed exclusively on Netflix this fall.

In a September 2 debut, Chestnut will take on former rival Takeru Kobayashi in a special cheekily titled, "Unfinished Beef." The duo has been battling for 15 years.

"Through all of my years in competitive eating, Kobayashi stands out as my fiercest rival," Chestnut said in a release for Netflix. "Competing against him pushed me to be so much better. I know that fans have waited a long time for another chapter of our rivalry and I can't wait for our massive showdown live on Netflix! It's time to give the people what they want!"

Related: Netflix Is the New Home for Christmas Day NFL Games

The two men haven't faced off against each other since 2009 when Chestnut emerged victorious over his rival in a five-dog "sudden death" eat-off.

Chestnut has 16 champion hot dog-eating titles and Kobayashi has six.

Kobayashi was infamously banned from Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2010 due to a contract dispute, having won the famed competition six years in a row, from 2001 through 2006.

In 2007, however, Chestnut took the title by beating him by only three hot dogs and buns.

"This rivalry has been brewing for a long time," Kobayashi said. "Competing against Joey live on Netflix means fans all over the world can watch me knock him out."

Related: Joey Chestnut Reacts to Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Ban: 'Gutted'

The news comes just one day after Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest's producer, Major League Eating, announced that Chestnut would not be permitted to compete on July 4 due to a contract he signed with vegan competitor Impossible Foods for a reported $1.4 million over four years.

"To set the record straight, I do not have a contract with MLE or Nathans and they are looking to change the rules from past years as it relates to other partners I can work with," Chestnut told fans on X in response to Wednesday's news.

The new Netflix special will be the company's latest push into the live sporting world.

Last month, the company revealed that it would have streaming rights for the first time to two NFL games set to be played on Christmas Day 2024 — the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans.

Related: Jake Paul, Mike Tyson Selling $2 Million Ticket Packages Ahead of Netflix Fight — Here's What It Includes

In July, Netflix will also have the exclusive streaming rights to the boxing match between Jake Paul and Mike Tyson, which will have no additional fee for existing subscribers.

"We think it's going to be a real value add to watch those things in real time," Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos said in a Q1 2024 earnings call in April. "And we're going to continue to try a lot of new things."

A location for the hot dog-eating extravaganza has not yet been publicized.

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Business News

How to Be a Billionaire By 25, According to a College Dropout Turned CEO Worth $1.6 Billion

Austin Russell became the world's youngest self-made billionaire in 2020 at age 25.

Living

Taylor Swift Has a Lucky Number. And She's Not the Only High Performer Who Leans Into Superstitions to Boost Confidence.

Even megastars like Swift need a little extra something to get them in the right mindset when it is game time.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.

Marketing

SEO Trends You Need to Be Aware of Right Now, According to a Seasoned Pro

Navigate the future of search engine optimization to elevate your online presence and drive meaningful engagement.