Will ‘The Last Dance’ Win An Emmy? Oddsmakers Say No

  • A 10-part documentary series on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls is being released on April 19.
  • Michael Jordan won six NBA Championship and six Finals MVP’s with the Bulls.
  • Odds on if the documentary will win an Emmy have been released.

CHICAGO — Michael Jordan has already won six NBA titles and six Finals MVPs, but will an Emmy award be added to the list soon?

ESPN is set to air a 10-part documentary on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls Championship run, with many fans having high hopes for the series. But oddsmakers don’t appear to feel confident in the series being award-worthy

The Last Dance

The 10-part series is set to air on April 19. The documentary will take a closer look at the interactions between teammates Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and the rest of that legendary Chicago Bulls team as well as what it took for them to win the NBA Championship that year.

It is expected to be a drama-filled documentary with angles of the team that have never been in the public eye before. Michael Jordan has recently come out saying that he is concerned about how he will be viewed after the documentary airs.

“When people see this footage I'm not sure they're going to be able to understand why I was so intense, why I did the things I did, why I acted the way I acted, and why I said the things I said—When you see the footage of [me riding with Scott Burrell], you're going to think that I'm a horrible guy—He needed to be tough and I needed to know that I could count on him. And those are the kind of things where people see me acting the way I acted in practice, they're not going to understand it—look, winning has a price—and leadership has a price.

So I pulled people along when they didn't want to be pulled. I challenged people when they didn't want to be challenged. And I earned that right because my teammates who came after me didn't endure all the things that I endured. Once you joined the team, you lived at a certain standard that I played the game. And I wasn't going to take any less. Now, if that means I had to go in there and get in your ass a little bit, then I did that. You ask all my teammates. The one thing about Michael Jordan was he never asked me to do something that he didn't f–king do,” said Michael Jordan in an interview with Richard Deitsch of The Athletic.

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After hearing that, fans have to wonder if there is a different side of the greatest basketball player of all time. Whether there is or is not, people cannot argue that his methods worked as Jordan led his team to six NBA Championships and won six Finals MVPs along the way.

Those who bet on the NBA at the time could always bet on Jordan to do everything in his power to lead his team to a finals victory. But, even with all the hype surrounding the series, the odds are against Jordan’s chance to win an Emmy here.

‘The Last Dance’ Betting Odds

Being that the documentary is expected to be drama-filled, online sportsbooks have taken that to their advantage and have released odds on whether or not the documentary will win an Emmy Award or not.

The odds of ‘The Last Dance’ to win an Emmy are not in its favor as it is listed at -550 to walk away empty-handed and +325 to win the award. Only two other ESPN documentaries have been nominated for an Emmy before. Both of them were 30 for 30s but never actually won.

If there is anything that fans have learned about Michael Jordan, it is that that can never count him out of winning anything. Betting on the series to win an Emmy might be unlikely but it is not completely out of the stars.