While most major sporting events in the world have been put on hold, one league is looking to step up to the occasion and serve an appetizing competition to hungry fans.
World’s Top Eaters Compete From Their Homes In A Quarantine Challenge
Major League Eating, an organization that holds professional competitive eating events, has announced that starting April 17, eight of the world’s competitive eaters would face each other in a unique Quarantine Challenge, via video conferencing from their homes.
While competitive eating is more powerful when conducted in front of a large audience, it is also one of the few professional sports that can be indulged in from home. According to MLE Chairman George Shea, “While there has been substantial discussion about which professional sport would be the first to return – with baseball, basketball, golf and MMA, all floating recent potential return plans – competitive eating is first to come back.”
There will be 3 rounds in the competition. The qualifying round will consist of two pounds (907 grams) of sliced bologna. In the quarterfinals, they will eat a family pack of Oreo cookies and half a gallon of milk. To obtain a place in the finals, they will have to consume over a gallon of baked beans. The finalist who finishes 10 individual cups of ramen noodles will be crowned the champion.
Major League Eating Will Also Donate To A Hunger-Relief Organization
The tournament will be live-streamed on Major League Eating’s YouTube channel. Both male and female eaters like Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo will face each other.
As per reports, the winner of the competition will be given $5,000 out of the total prize money of $11,500. Major League Eating will also donate $10,000 to Feeding America, a hunger-relief organization based in the United States.