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Top 15 Biggest Contracts in North American Team Sports: Shohei Ohtani is the new No. 1


Shohei Ohtani Brink's truck is going to need a caravan. The 10-year, $700 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers is the largest in sports history.

Over the years, athletes' salaries have skyrocketed amid billion-dollar television deals. In 1979, Nolan Ryan became the first professional athlete to earn $1 million per season after signing with the Houston Astros. Now, many NFL players earn more than $1 million per game.

Ohtani is the first North American player to break the $70 million mark annually, topping a select group of 15 athletes earning $50 million a season from their respective teams.

The full list is below, with salary figures only including team contracts and not endorsement deals or external earnings.

Here are a few notes about players with salaries of $50 million or more per year:

  • Of the 15, 10 of them are NBA players, four of them are NFL quarterbacks and the other is Ohtani.
  • For NBA players whose annual average is over $50 million starting next season or later, their current salaries are also listed.

Without further ado, here are the members of North America's $50 million club.

(Note: These values ​​are based on data from Spotrac.com)

1. Shohei Ohtani ($70M) – Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Reportedly signing a 10-year, $700 million deal this offseason

2. Damian Lillard ($60.9M) – The Milwaukee Bucks

  • Signed a two-year extension worth $121.8M, which will begin in the 2025-26 season.
  • Earned $45.6M this season and will make $48.8M next season before his new contract kicks in.

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo ($59M) – The Milwaukee Bucks

  • Signed a three-year extension worth $177.1M, which will begin in the 2025-26 season.
  • Earned $45.6M this season and will make $48.8M next season before his new contract kicks in.

4. Anthony Davis ($59M) – Los Angeles Lakers

  • Signed a three-year extension worth $177.1M, which will begin in the 2025-26 season.
  • Earned $40.6M this season and will make $43.2M next season before his new contract kicks in.

5. Jaylen Brown ($57.7M) – Boston Celtics

  • Signed a five-year extension worth $288.3M, which begins next season.
  • He is set to make $28.5M this season.

6. Devin Booker ($55.7M) – Phoenix Suns

  • Signed a four-year extension worth $222.7M, which begins next season.
  • He is set to make $36M this season.

7. Karl-Anthony Towns ($55.7M) – Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Signed a four-year extension worth $222.7M, which begins next season.
  • He is set to make $36M this season.

8. Nikola Jokic ($55.2M) – Denver Nuggets

  • Signed a five-year contract worth $276.1M starting this season

9. Joe Baro ($55M) – Cincinnati Bengals

  • Signed a five-year deal worth $275M that expires after the 2029 NFL season.

10. Stephen Curry ($53.8M) – Golden State Warriors

  • Signed a four-year deal worth $215.4M that began last season and runs through the 2025-26 NBA season.

11. Joel Embiid ($53.3M) – Philadelphia 76ers

  • Signed a four-year deal worth $213.3M that begins this season and runs through the 2026-27 season. However, Embiid can opt out after the 2025-26 season.

12. Justin Herbert ($52.5M) – Los Angeles Chargers

  • Signed a five-year contract worth $262.5M that expires after the 2029 NFL season.

13. Lamar Jackson ($52M) – Baltimore Ravens

  • Signed a five-year deal worth $260M that expires after the 2029 NFL season.

14. Jalen gets hurt ($51M) – Philadelphia Eagles

  • Signed a five-year contract worth $255M that expires after the 2029 NFL season.

15. Bradley Beal ($50.2M) – Washington Wizards/Phoenix Suns

  • Signed a five-year contract worth $251M starting last season.


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