How Much Did Michael Jordan Charge for The Last Dance? Earnings, Budget & More

Published 12/29/2020, 9:30 AM EST
Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)


The coronavirus pandemic led to the suspension of the NBA in March. Fans were denied live NBA action, but Michael Jordan bailed them out with his ‘The Last Dance’ documentary.

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The 10 episode miniseries averaged 5.6 million viewers per episode within the same day, making it the most-watched documentary content on ESPN. By May, it reached up to 12.8 million viewers per episode.

Jordan was reportedly paid around $3-4 million for the documentary. But he donated every penny out of it to charitable causes. Last month it was revealed that $2 million from those proceedings went towards food banks.

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“In these challenging times and in a year of unimaginable difficulty due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to pause and give thanks,” Jordan said. “I am proud to be donating additional proceeds from The Last Dance to Feeding America and its member food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago to help feed America’s hungry.”

More numbers involved in Michael Jordan and his documentary

The generation of basketball lovers who grew up idolizing more recent players like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant could witness some unseen greatness through ‘The Last Dance’ documentary.

Starting as a 21-year-old from North Carolina to becoming a six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls, the documentary does ample justice to Jordan’s career. Not only have they captured his on-court heroics, but they also showcase a lot of off-court clips that show what made Michael Jordan.

Michael Johnson #23, shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls prepares to make a shot during a Central Division game in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 1988 – 1989 season at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, United States. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Allsport/Getty Images)

Director Jason Hehir spent rummaging through the best bits from over 10,000 hours of footage to make the docuseries. He also interviewed 106 people for it, and this list includes former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. This footage was kept for over 22 years before it was released to the public. The budget for the whole docuseries was around $20 million.

Many people, including NBA players, were convinced that Jordan is the GOAT after watching the documentary. Trae Young, Harrison Barnes, and Nate Robinson all echoed this thought.

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In a year marred by the pandemic, The Last Dance was one of the highlights for the basketball world. It truly revealed the greatness behind one of the all-time best players, if not the best.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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