Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza & Intel Sports Celebrated at Cynopsis Sports Media Awards

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Stephen Espinoza and James Carwana will accept High Honors on April 12 in New York City

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“It has been a real pleasure watching the work of our honorees this past year as they raised the bar on how sports are being consumed around the world,” said Chris Pursell, Director of Sports Content at Cynopsis.

As the sports media landscape continues to evolve, Cynopsis Sports is proud to unveil two distinguished executives who will be honored for their transformative work in the industry at the 7th annual Cynopsis Sports Media Awards Breakfast on April 12 at New York Athletic Club in New York City. These honorees will be joined by dozens of finalists who are competing for signature sports business awards presented by the daily sports business publication.

This year’s honorees include Showtime Network’s President of Sports & Event Programming, Stephen Espinoza for the Navigator Award. Also, Intel Sports is being honored with the GEM Award, which pays tribute to the Consumer Brand of the Year, being accepted by their General Manager and VP, James Carwana. Cynopsis Sports will announce the honorees for the Legacy and Vision Awards later this week.

“It has been a real pleasure watching the work of our honorees this past year as they raised the bar on how sports are being consumed around the world,” said Chris Pursell, Director of Sports Content at Cynopsis.

Under Espinoza’s leadership, Showtime has become the world’s leading outlet for live boxing, and in 2017 alone, the network produced 33 world championship fights and 71 live bouts in all – twice as many as any other outlet in addition to forging a TV lineup for the first six months of 2018 that ranks as the largest ever in the sport, with 10 world-class events including 12 world title fights on the docket. SHOWTIME can also now lay claim to the two most watched pay-per-view events in history with Mayweather-Pacquiao (May 2015) now joined by August’s Mayweather-McGregor battle.

Intel is leading the effort to provide fans with amazing immersive experiences in sports and entertainment enabled by our innovative virtual reality, volumetric video, analytics and personalization technologies. Major sports organizations partner with Intel to implement Intel® True VR and Intel® True View to enhance the sports experience: As the Exclusive Virtual Reality Partner of the NBA on TNT, the Official Technology Provider of the NFL, the VR Partner of Major League baseball, the Exclusive VR Provider of the PGA TOUR, and as a partner with LaLiga and Turner among others, Intel Sports is committed to delivering immersive experiences that bring fans closer to the action than ever before. As a VR Experience Partner of the Olympic Games, Intel recently produced an unprecedented 30 events from the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 provided through rights holding broadcasters (RHB), powered by Intel True VR.

These luminaries, along with dozens of category winners will be honored on April 12 at the Cynopsis Sports Awards breakfast from 8:30-10:30am. General categories include awards for the year’s best work in live coverage of a sporting event, apps, new sport show, fantasy game, live stream presentation and marketing campaign. The full list of finalists will be released soon. Register for the event here.

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