Odds and Prediction for the 2021 Time Person of the Year
The Time Person of the Year is going to be the subject of much controversy this year. No more than past years, of course, when the old title of Man of the Year gave way to some truly regrettable results.
That title was correctly updated in 1999 and has since been a bit more selective in who graced the cover of the popular magazine.
Given the wild year (or two) everyone has endured, many will be waiting to see who will be named the 2021 Time Person of the Year.
As interesting as the final result will be, it’s possibly something that can also be quite profitable. The top entertainment betting sites have pushed out Time Person of the Year odds for 2021, and there are some surprising – and not so shocking – candidates.
To help bettors gauge who to bet on, read on for a look at the odds and my Time Person of the Year prediction for 2021.
Odds to Win 2021 Time Person of the Year
Pulling into the lead are doctors and nurses, but to be clear, this option also includes first responders and healthcare workers.
And why wouldn’t they? Whether regarded as individuals or a collective, these people have put their lives on the line to serve during a trying global pandemic.
They make sense as the tentative favorite, but it’s never that easy, is it?
Bovada gives a laundry list of options for this wager. I only listed the Time Person of the Year odds for the top 10 candidates, as there are a staggering 27 additional bets to consider.
Feel free to peruse all of the odds made available, but I’ll do the hard work for you and try to sift through the madness. Refer to the odds for the best options above, and join me as I take a closer look at the candidates you should be betting on in 2021.
Top Contenders to Win
This is an entertainment betting market with many options to consider, but let’s not overcomplicate this. The past year was dominated by some repeat headlines, and the odds are pretty good that Time magazine will honor that.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the three top contenders to be named 2021 Time Person of the Year.
Doctors & Nurses (+175)
The biggest issue literally everyone in the entire world has faced over the past year has been COVID-19.
Add in a litany of variants and all of the political drama swept up in this plight to simply survive, and it’s impossible to ignore the likelihood that the doctors/nurses bet makes the most sense.
Think a group can’t win? You’d be wrong.
Time has rewarded several groups in the past, whether pertaining to an individual as a collective or a specific group.
- 2002: The Whistleblowers
- 2003: The American Soldier
- 2005: The Good Samaritans
- 2006: “You”
- 2011: The Protester
- 2014: Ebola Fighters
- 2017: The Silence Breakers
- 2018: The Guardians
That squashes the “it won’t be a group” debate, while Ebola Fighters specifically stands out as a vote of confidence for this bet.
Not everyone dealt with Ebola. Everyone has been touched by the battle against COVID across the globe, though, one way or another.
Joe Biden (+700)
Biden shared the win with Kamala Harris in 2020, but why can’t he shoot for the repeat?
There is a good amount of logic to it, especially since some would argue the shift from former President Trump qualified as a massive improvement.
Biden has been the face of perseverance for the American people, and he’s championed racial justice while making positive moves overseas.
The current President navigating the troubling waters we’re all currently enduring, Biden does stand out as a constant source of relief and guidance.
Should he win, he’d join former President Barack Obama as one of the few repeat winners, and he’d do so in consecutive years.
Black Lives Matter (+1600)
BLM stands out as an elite betting value for Time Person of the Year in 2021. Around since 2013, Black Lives Matter progressively leaked into the mainstream on the heels of the murder of George Floyd.
The main message from BLM has been a ferociously combative stance against police brutality, which seems to have been somewhat lost in the midst of a global pandemic.
Still, the movement has helped to spark conversations about systemic racism and other would-be hot button debates.
Sleeper Picks to Consider
While I’d spend most of my time (and money) on the three contenders broken down above, there is some wiggle room here.
Why? Because at the end of the day, this is all totally subjective. Time picks who wins, and it’s up to them to decide who and why.
That means bettors need to at least consider the possibility of a curveball.
Jeff Bezos (+2000)
The man behind Amazon has been in the news a ton over the past year. Bezos has made waves for how he’s spent his money, how he’s run one of the biggest companies in the world, and his recent divorce.
The fourth richest man in the world (worth an estimated $177 billion) is a tough man to peg, but to say he’s been featured routinely in the news in the past year is putting it mildly.
In fact, he just was in the news again for taking a quick trip to space.
Bezos isn’t a likable figure, but some pretty ghastly characters have nabbed this title before. Perhaps based on his massive name and numerous accomplishments, Bezos could be a fun flier bet.
Teachers & Educators (+2500)
Two groups stand out above all others this year (healthcare workers and BLM), but one seemingly lost in the shuffle is teachers and educators.
Educators risked their lives in a similar sense as healthcare workers, as they were in rooms with several people daily and were constantly exposed to a deadly virus.
Teachers have historically been overlooked in general, but in the past year in particular, this would be the ultimate “hats off.”
Bill Gates (+3300)
If Jeff Bezos is worth mentioning as a Time Person of the Year sleeper for 2021, you better believe Bill Gates is.
Gates has also been in the news quite a bit in the past year, as he got divorced, and he’s played a big hand in expediting vaccines to help people all over the world.
The latter is undeniably why the fifth richest man in the world would have a shot here, although it’s also funny to think about his love life.
Bill Gates is another controversial figure, but he has a case here. At these +3330 odds, he’s probably the most alluring sleeper pick for 2021 Time Person of the Year.
Who Will Win the 2021 Time Person of the Year?
You came here for a 2021 Time Person of the Year prediction, and I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
The good news is I do think I have a winner. The bad news is that betting on the Time Person of the Year may not be a slam dunk case this year.
I’m not so sure it was last year, either, so it’s tough to gauge exactly what the process is here. All I know is the options broken down in this post all have at least a mild case.
BLM has created a powerful, impactful movement. Gates and Bezos are constantly in the news. And both healthcare workers and educators deserve endless praise for the jobs they’ve done.
That said, the big winner here has to be doctors, nurses, and anyone associated with healthcare.
They’ve been the backbone of America over the past year or so and are honestly always relevant. Once you factor in the global job they’ve had on their hands, I just don’t see any way around it.
You can aim higher with some other options, but doctors and nurses have more than proven their worth. It may not be much, but the least we (and Time magazine) can do is pay them the respect they deserve.