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2 Jun 1997: Guard Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls speaks to reporters during a press conference at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport

By Ty Anderson,

With sports fans straight-up desperate for content, the highly anticipated, 10-part Michael Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance,” has been moved up two months ahead of its original schedule on ESPN. Word of its early release was first reported by New York Post last night, and ABC/ESPN wasted no time confirming it on all platforms early Tuesday morning.

The series will now premiere on Sun., Apr. 19 at 9 p.m., and will run in two-episode segments for two hours through Sun., May 17, according to the official press released provided by ESPN.

ESPN’s decision comes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic putting the entire sports world on hold, and on the heels of NBA superstar LeBron James ferociously campaigning for ESPN to release it earlier than planned. Given the energy he put behind an early release, James reacted as you’d expect as soon as the Post’s scoop went live.

The NBA season is currently suspended due to the coronavirus, and while the league is exploring all options to get a 2019-20 season decided with a champion, the Jordan documentary is just an example of what can hold a thirsty bunch over until the games are live. In addition to the doc, ESPN is also reportedly working on an NBA 2K tournament featuring NBA players.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.