Early this morning, a big event in the North American sports circle.
Shohei Ohtani, a well-known MLB player, signed Dodgers for $700 million over 10 years, which is the largest contract in sports and the largest contract in MLB history.
What is this concept?
Let's put it this way, the combined total professional compensation of the two superstars of NBA players Michael Jordan and LeBron James is $623 million, which is not enough to match Shohei Ohtani's contract.
Let's compare it from another angle:
A few days ago, Cuban sold a large stake in the NBA team Dallas Mavericks at a benchmark price of $3.5 billion, while Shohei Ohtani's Los Angeles Dodgers are currently valued at $3.3 billion.
In other words, Shohei Ohtani already accounts for one-fifth of a team in the big four leagues in North America with this contract alone, and suddenly there is a sense that the team owner is working for the players.
The absence of a salary cap is also one of the characteristics of MLB.
There are four major leagues in North America, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, and football, and all three of them have salary caps through labor-management agreements, so that the salary gap between players is not too exaggerated.
Major League Baseball is different, and the concept of a "salary cap" has been repeatedly rejected by the players' union.
This behavior has led to a huge gap between the rich and the poor players in the professional baseball league.
It's not uncommon for one superstar to earn more than the entire team, or for one team to earn more than the other teams combined.
Shohei Ohtani from Japan has also become the biggest beneficiary of the "no salary cap".
As the first Japanese baseball player, Shohei Ohtani has won the American League MVP twice,
In the World Baseball Classic in March this year, he led the Japanese team to defeat the United States.
Fans refer to Shohei Ohtani as a "double knife stream", which means that this player can shoot and play.
Analogous to football, it is a player who won the Golden Boot + Golden Glove at the same time,
Analogous to basketball, it is a player who wins the scoring champion + best defensive player at the same time.
The top athletes get the best salaries,
But after careful calculation, 700 million in 10 years, with an average annual salary of 70 million, does not seem to exceed the NBA too much.
According to the NBA's annual salary cap increase, in 2025, the NBA's annual salary can exceed 70 million, and even have the opportunity to exceed 80 million.
At that time, Tatum and other players will also be able to get a contract similar to Shohei Ohtani.