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

Both FS1's new "Fox Sports Live" studio show and ESPN's "SportsCenter" last night went heavy with coverage of MLB's playoff races leading their respective broadcasts, which accounted for nearly one-third of FS1's 34 news reports that aired, according to a continuing analysis of the 11:00pm ET editions of the two programs. Both broadcasts went about 11 minutes before their first non-MLB report, but FS1's reports were shorter and aired more highlights than ESPN in the same time span. FS1 once again had a more diverse lineup of sports covered, including MLB, the U.S. Open, NASCAR, NBA, NFL and int'l soccer. ESPN had more NFL and college football coverage. The intro to "SportsCenter" featured co-anchors Steve Levy and Linda Cohn sitting quietly looking off-camera to the side of the studio, with Levy finally saying after an awkward pause, "Oh, hi there, sorry. We too were watching the debut of 'Olbermann' over on ESPN2." After about 45 minutes, Levy said, "I know what you're thinking: Why are we showing you the Astros and the White Sox? Craziest game of the night maybe." FS1 began its broadcast with Charissa Thompson introducing viewers to the "The Audi Big Board," which was "keeping track of all the night's scores." Thompson then introduced a panel of Donovan McNabb, Andy Roddick, Ephraim Salaam and Gabe Kapler. FS1's Dan O'Toole said of the Bills likely starting rookie QB Jeff Tuel -- pronounced "Tool" -- to open the season, "We will not be using any 'Home Improvement' sound effects because Tim 'Tool Time' Taylor, that is not a Fox show." FS1's Jay Onrait joked about reports of EPL club Manchester United F Wayne Rooney possibly being transferred to rival club Chelsea. Onrait: "By that measure we'd like our friends at other networks to sell us the rights to broadcast NBA games so we can continue to make American sports TV the best."

TOPICS COVERED DURING THE 11:00PM ET SHOWS
"SPORTSCENTER" "FOX SPORTS LIVE"
A's-Tigers Reds-Cardinals
Reds-Cardinals N.L. Central standings
Injury update on Mets P Matt Harvey Cubs-Dodgers
Analysis from Barry Larkin on Harvey A's-Tigers
Jets QB issues Race for AL Triple Crown between Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera
and Orioles 1B Chris Davis
Bills starting rookie QB Jeff Tuel Rangers-Mariners
Injury update on Bills QB E.J. Manuel Yankees SS Derek Jeter returning to the line-up
U.S. Open highlights Yankees-Blue Jays
Yankees SS Derek Jeter returning to the lineup Rays-Royals
Yankees-Blue Jays AL Wild Card and AL East standings
Rays-Royals Injury update on Mets P Matt Harvey
AL Wild Card standings Phillies-Mets
NFL injury updates U.S. Open highlights
Who will start at quarterback for the Raiders American tennis player James Blake announcing his retirement
Recap of the rookie season for Mets P Matt Harvey Andy Roddick discussing "life after tennis"
Phillies-Mets The show's panel discussing the state of the Jets
Cubs-Dodgers Kurt Busch signing with Stewart-Haas Racing
Padres-D-Backs G Tracy McGrady announcing his retirement
Rangers-Mariners F Antawn Jamison signs with Clippers
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel expected to start season opener NFLPA filing grievance against the Patriots on behalf
of Aaron Hernandez for unpaid workout bonus money
Astros-White Sox Bills starting rookie QB Jeff Tuel to open the season
More U.S. Open highlights Jets cut WR Braylon Edwards and RB Joe McKnight
Preview of Alabama-Virginia Tech and a lineup of SEC games on ESPN opening weekend Injury update on Patriots WR Danny Amendola
Preview of the season for Ohio State NFL news and notes
"Top Plays" segment Gabe Kapler discussing the pennant races
Promo for ESPN's documentary "RG III: The Will to Win" Transfer rumors involving Manchester United F Wayne Rooney
More U.S. Open highlights EPL: Chelsea-ManU
  La Liga: Granada-Real Madrid
  The panel members discuss various issues
  Excerpt from FS1 interview with Ravens QB Joe Flacco
  The panel discusses Flacco's new role in the offense and the Ravens chances of repeating as Super Bowl champs
  "The One" highlight segment
  "#Buzzer" segment of video and pictures from the Internet
  "Best Person in Sports" segment

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