Ilya Kovalchuk and the Craziest Contracts in Sports History

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Ilya Kovalchuk and the Craziest Contracts in Sports History
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The New Jersey Devils attempted to slip one by the goalie with their reported 17-year, $102 million contract to retain star player Ilya Kovalchuk.The National Hockey League got wind of the Devils ulterior motives when it comes to the contract and how it affects the team's hit against the salary cap. The contract was eventually nixed by the NHL and now the Devils will be forced to re-negotiate with Kovalchuk.

However, the lunacy of a 17-year contract got us thinking about what other crazy contracts have been dealt out in the history of sports. This list isn't just about a crazy amount of years or dollars, though that is the motivation for some, but also some of the wild quirks that elevated these pricey contracts into the strata of crazy.

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