Showtime Ups Stephen Espinoza to President of Sports

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With the company for over six years, the executive has overseen a dramatic growth in boxing.

Stephen Espinoza has been promoted to president of sports and event programming at Showtime. The executive, most recently executive vp and general manager, has seen the pay service through a dramatic rise in boxing coverage.

“Simply stated, Stephen is the heavyweight champion of his profession,” said Showtime Networks CEO and president David Nevins. “He is an innovator, equal parts thoughtful and tenacious, who has turned Showtime boxing into the market leader, while also driving excellence in our documentaries and sports series.”

Espinoza's day-to-day will not be changing much, as he'll continue to develop and execute overall strategy for the sports group. He'll continue to report to Nevins.

Showtime has seen its stake in the boxing coverage climb dramatically in recent years. In 2017, the network produced 33 world championship fights — Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor among them. The network says it's generated more than 14 million domestic buys (U.S. and Canada) and north of $1.2 billion in pay-per-view revenue in the last four years.

In addition to the incredibly lucrative boxing efforts, Espinoza has been on board for the heavy lean into sports nonfiction programming — which now includes All Access: Quest for the Stanley Cup, Inside the NFL and documentaries such as Iverson, Disgraced and Kobe Bryant's Muse.

Espinoza came to Showtime in 2011 from Ziffren Brittenham LLP, where he represented athletes such as Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson.