Make More From a Hotdog Eating Contest Than Winning a USATF Championship”: Track and Field World Disappointed by Authorities After Recent NBC Update

Published 07/06/2023, 9:02 AM EDT

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The new viewership policy has created chaos for the track and field community. According to this policy, this year the track and field championship will not be airing on live tv.  This step has disappointed many athletes who are struggling for exposure. However, now the athletes are also raising their voices against several other domains and calling out to address the need of the hour. As the athletes claim to not getting paid and exposed enough. Many fans and athletes have shared their thoughts on this issue through Twitter. Athletes, including Michael Johnson, have also tried to use the platform to make people aware of the track and field athletes’ conditions. Furthermore, Hunter Woodhall, a Paralympic Olympian, has taken a different approach to targeting the sports media.

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Recently, Joey Chestnut, a competitive eater, won his 16th hot dog championship and was awarded $10,000 in prize money. Hunter Woodhall took this opportunity to compare this with the ongoing crisis and make people aware of the condition of track and field athletes. Multiple fans reacted to the athlete’s tweets.

Hunter Woodhall points out the sad reality

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On July 5, Daily Loud posted a tweet captioned “Breaking: Joey Chestnut wins his 16th hot dog eating contest about the champion’s accomplishment. He ate 62 to win $10,000.” Many fans were impressed by this accomplishment. However, Hunter Wall used this opportunity to take a jab at the system. as the athlete replied to the tweet. “Reminder that you make more from a hotdog eating contest than winning a USATF championship,” as the athlete tried to highlight the injustice happening against the track and field athletes at the US championship, currently held in Eugene.

Starting today, the US Track and field championship 2023 will begin and last until July 9. However, this forty-event championship held in Eugene, Oregon, this year will not air on live TV. The championship will be aired with a subscription plan on USATF.tv and CNBC only. This step by the sports media created a huge backlash in the track and field community. However, now the movement has become more than just about airing the nationals on TV, as the athletes have started to get tired of being underrepresented. The runners are now raising their voices against low pay and many other critical issues. Hunter’s tweet reply also highlighted the condition of athletes in the united states, as many fans disappointed by the move showed their support.

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Fan’s Reaction to Hunter Woodhall’s Tweet

Fans were quick to react to Hunter Woodhall’s tweet. Many fans showed their frustration with the sports media in the comments section, while some were impressed by Chestnut’s performance at the championship.

A fan saddened by the situation suggested forming a union, as he tweeted.

 

A fan, in a subtle tweet, highlighted the capitalist nature of the United States.

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A fan also pointed out the hypocrisy of the media, as the hotdog championship was airing live on TV while the athletes struggled to be represented.

 

A fan showed his disappointment towards the sports media as he tweeted

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All in all, the US track and field athletes are tired of being underrepresented. And, this motive will cause more harm to the sport. Hopefully, the athlete’s and fans’ constant support will bring a change to the sports media system.

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Paras Jan

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Paras Haji is a US Sports author at Essentially Sports. She began her professional journey as a content and news publisher, which gave her valuable experience in the sports media industry. Her passion for all things Olympics, and dedication to keeping track of every competitive performance, have earned her recognition for handing over captivating articles.
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Purva Jain

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