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Espinoza named GM of Showtime Sports

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LAS VEGAS -- Golden Boy Promotions lead attorney Stephen Espinoza was named Executive Vice President/General Manager of Showtime Sports on Monday, replacing Ken Hershman, who will take over as president of rival HBO Sports on Jan. 9.

Though not a well-known name, Espinoza has strong connections to the boxing industry. At Ziffren Brittenham LLP he specialized in representing athletes and sports personalities, including Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson. According to Showtime, Espinoza has served as lead counsel for Golden Boy since the formation of the company.

At Showtime, Espinoza will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the sports and entertainment group, including buying fights for Showtime's boxing series.

"Stephen has a great career that spans sports, entertainment, television and film," said Showtime Chairman and CEO Matt Blank. "His deep experience in a variety of fields and incredible knowledge and contacts within the boxing and mixed martial arts communities will be an asset to Showtime as we continue to expand our offerings. I am confident he will be a great leader to our already all-star sports group."

-- Chris Mannix