ESPN Moves Up Release Date for Michael Jordan Doc

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11 Jun 1997: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls walks on the court during game five of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 90-88. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport

ESPN announced that its 10-part "The Last Dance" documentary will begin airing on April 19 instead of June.

The highly anticipated documentary focuses on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls' six-ring dynasty through the lens of their final championship in 1997-98. Sports fans got their first peek at the film back in December with a dramatic three-and-a-half-minute trailer.

Stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, an indefinite pause has blanketed all professional sports and left fans hungry for fresh and exciting content.

ESPN recently revived their programming for The Ocho, featuring obscure "sports" like stone skipping, sign spinning and competitive eating, but "The Last Dance" has been the premier title on everyone's mind. SportsCenter put together a video compiling the numerous claims for the documentary to be released early:

ESPN released the final trailer for "The Last Dance" as well as the broadcast schedule, revealing that the series will air in two-part increments every Sunday from April 19 through May 17:

"As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience," ESPN said in a statement. "We've heard the calls from fans asking us to move up the release date for this series, and we're happy to announce that we've been able to accelerate the production schedule to do just that."

According to ESPN, the Bulls allowed an NBA film crew to join them for the entire 1997-98 season, and never-before-seen footage will be featured in the documentary. ESPN also interviewed over 100 people surrounding the dynasty in various ways, including Barack Obama, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson, Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan.

Scroll below to see what Twitter had to say about the surprise news. Too pumped to watch MJ ball out! 🏆