50 Most Influential: Stephen Espinoza
Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sports and Event Programming
CHANGE FROM 2012: NEWCOMER
The former Golden Boy Promotions attorney got our attention last year when he wrestled Floyd Mayweather from HBO with a six-fight contract that could make him the highest-paid athlete in the world over the next few years. Espinoza cemented his spot on this list when Showtime delivered the most lucrative fight in history in September, a $200 million-plus event featuring Mayweather against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
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