Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey Chestnut's record marred by ESPN's tech issues

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Joey Chestnut set a world record Sunday by eating 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Nearly everyone watching at home had a blurry view of it.

ESPN's feed of the broadcast from Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, began cutting in and out around the five-minute mark. The network appeared to cut to commercial at one point and returned as Chestnut ate his way to a record that was already his (75).

But technical difficulties interrupted the broadcast during the final seconds, and it wasn't until ESPN returned from another commercial break that Chestnut's record had been confirmed. At one point, the screen turned blue.

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The issues impacted both viewers streaming over the web and those watching on traditional cable.

According to a statement from ESPN, "the issue was the result of a problem with uplink service provided by a vendor at the site."

"Our teams worked with the vendor to troubleshoot and resolve it quickly," ESPN said.

The network said the disruption will not occur during encore presentations of the contest airing Sunday on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET and on ESPNews at 6 p.m. ET and Monday on ESPNNews at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ESPN's hot dog contest broadcast, stream crash as Joey Chestnut wins