LeBron James is now the ‘second biggest sports star in Hollywood’ after Shohei Ohtani, Skip Bayless says after two-way sensation inked record $700m deal with the LA Dodgers

  • Ohtani’s new deal tops Mike Trout’s $426.5million contract with the Angels  
  • Football stars Patrick Mahomes and JJ Watt also shared their reactions on X 
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FS1 sports analyst Skip Bayless hailed Shohei Ohtani the biggest sports star in Hollywood following his 10-year, $700million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Ohtani announced his decision via Instagram on Saturday after spending six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels in neighboring Orange County. 

Aside from Bayless, Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and retired defensive end JJ Watt also reacted the record-breaking deal on X. 

‘Move over LeBron (James),’ wrote Bayless. ‘You’re now the second biggest sports star in Hollywood.’ 

Watt simply wrote ‘my goodness,’ with an ‘mind-blown’ emoji. 

‘Bro like what!’ Mahomes reacted. ‘Congrats to him.’ 

Shohei Ohtani signed a record-breaking $700million, 10-year deal to join the Dodgers in 2024

Skip Bayless, JJ Watt, and Patrick Mahomes all reacted to Ohtani's new deal on social media

Skip Bayless, JJ Watt, and Patrick Mahomes all reacted to Ohtani’s new deal on social media

Bayless has long been a skeptic when it comes to Lakers star LeBron James. Ohtani’s arrival in Los Angeles boosts the Dodgers’ chances of beating the Lakers to bringing another title to the city of angels after both teams won their respective leagues in 2020.

On the other hand, Mahomes was once the holder of the biggest contract in American sports after signing a ten-year, $450m extension with the Chiefs following the 2019 season.  

Ohtani’s contract shattered a record held by his now former team, the Angels, who signed Mike Trout to a $426.5m deal in 2019. Ohtani’s new teammate Mookie Betts’ $365m deal with the Dodgers trails Trout, followed by Yankees star Aaron Judge’s $360m contract. 

Ohtani’s average annual salary comes in at $70 million, nearly doubling current leaders: Texas Rangers hurler Max Scherzer and Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, both of whom will make $43.3 million in 2024.

Ohtani recently underwent a surgery to repair his throwing elbow and will not be pitching for the Dodgers in the 2024 season. 

With 44 homeruns for the Angels in 2023, Ohtani will likely be a designated hitter for his new team next year. 

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