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SportsWatch: Comparing Wednesday Night's "Fox Sports Live" Versus "SportsCenter"

FS1’s new “Fox Sports Live” studio show showcased slightly more sports properties and highlights compared to last night’s broadcast of ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” according to an analysis of the 11:00pm ET 60-minute editions of both shows. During the intro for “Fox Sports Live,” UFC President Dana White said, "Welcome to the ultimate edition of 'Fox Sports Live.'" The show began the broadcast with Charissa Thompson introducing a panel of Donovan McNabb, Andy Roddick and Gary Payton and explaining "The Audi Big Board," which "keeps us up-to-date on all the scores throughout the evening." Thompson then sent it over to the "two dreams" of Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole. O'Toole said, "I should advise people that at the Fox cafeteria, don’t get the salmon." Onrait replied, "Dan's a little gassy tonight." Over at ESPN, after the Connecticut team lost at the Little League World Series to the team from California on a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning, ESPN's Steve Levy opened “SportsCenter” by saying, "Tears are flowing now all over the great state of Connecticut. Welcome to 'SportsCenter.' … Moments ago we were going to lead with the big leaguers, and then the Little Leaguers played the most interesting baseball game of the evening." Overall, “Fox Sports Live” had more emphasis on the MLB playoff races at the start of the show and touched on more sports -- with highlights or mentions of new NBPA President Chris Paul, Tiger Woods' preparations for The Barclays, int'l soccer, tennis, NASCAR and UFC.

The following gives a breakdown of each show:

FSI's "FOX SPORTS LIVE" ESPN'S "SPORTSCENTER"
Braves-Mets Little League World Series highlights and
on-site analysis
Dodgers-Marlins Dodgers-Marlins
D-Backs-Reds Twins-Tigers
Cardinals-Brewers Indians-Angels
Pirates-Padres Report on 49ers
Rays-Orioles 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick being praised by ESPN's Ron Jaworski
Red Sox-Giants Rays-Orioles
Blue Jays-Yankees Yankees RF Ichiro reaching
4,000 hits
Yankees RF Ichiro reaching 4,000 hits discussion with panel of experts Blue Jays-Yankees
Twins-Tigers Red Sox-Giants
Mariners-A's Redskins QB Robert Griffin III injury update
Stiff neck/back limits Tiger Woods at
The Barclays
Braves-Mets
Texans DE Antonio Smith being suspended Braves RF Jason Heyward breaking jaw
Bears LB Jon Bostic being fined Report on Titans
Maria Sharapova withdraws from U.S. Open Texans RB Arian Foster injury update
Clippers G Chris Paul being named
NBPA President
ESPN's Matthew Berry fantasy football news
Allen Iverson officially going to
announce retirement
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell injury update
Iverson retirement discussion with
panel of experts
Astros-Rangers
Braves RF Jason Heyward breaking jaw "SportsCenter My Wish" segment
Sharapova withdrawing from U.S. Open "SportsCenter Top Ten" segment
Dana White live in-studio Japanese broadcast of Ichiro
reaching 4,000 hits
USC WR Marqise Lee injury update ESPN's Cris Carter discussing NFL issues
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell injury update  
Texans RB Arian Foster injury update  
Champions League Fenerbahce-Arsenal  
Spanish Super Cup Atletico Madrid-Barcelona  
"Get Me That Stat" segment  
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Unoh 200  
"The 1" segment  
Little League World Series LWS highlights  
Indians-Angels  
Astros-Rangers  
White Sox-Royals  
"#Buzzer" video segment  
"Best Person In Sports" segment  
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