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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012: A Fourth Of July Tradition Continues

There are many things that traditionally go along with the Fourth of July. One of those has become the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn. Joey Chestnut will be seeking his sixth straight title in the event.

Takeru Kobayashi will once again not be competing due to a contractual dispute. Kobayashi sat down with SB Nation's Amy K. Nelson to discuss the situation, and that video is after the jump.

The men's event will be held at noon, and will be broadcast by ESPN via tape delay at 3 p.m. ET. It will also be streamed online via ESPN3. The women's championship will be held at 11:30 a.m. and will be streamed live on ESPN3.

Kobayashi will not be competing for the third consecutive year. Here, in an interview with Nelson, he explains the reasons why.

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