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Manic Monday: ESPN, FS1 Differ On Presentation Of Day's Biggest Events

An examination of Monday night's two major sports highlight programs shows both ESPN's "SportsCenter" and FS1's "Fox Sports Live" devoted a majority of time to the Dolphins-Saints "MNF" game and the Rays-Rangers tiebreaker, but they varied greatly in their presentation. "SportsCenter" came on air around 11:50pm ET following the Saints' 38-17 win, and the first 15 minutes of the 70-minute show was devoted to the "MNF" game, including highlights and analysis from several of the net's NFL personalities. Highlights of Rays-Rangers followed. The 11:00pm edition of "Fox Sports Live" was pushed back 25 minutes due to a live boxing event, and the show took the opposite approach as ESPN, leading with almost 35 minutes of coverage of the MLB tiebreaker before airing a report on Dolphins-Saints. That comes despite the fact Charissa Thompson opened the broadcast by saying, "Two huge games on one night." Another glaring difference between the shows was their preview of the NHL season. FS1 devoted more than five minutes to the subject, including a discussion with NHL analyst Chris Chelios. ESPN's preview came in the last minute of the broadcast, with anchor Steve Levy saying, "Here's our extensive NHL preview segment." FS1 had a small amount of coverage from the Heat's media day and had more overall MLB coverage than ESPN, which was more NFL-centric.

"SPORTSCENTER"   "FOX SPORTS LIVE"
Dolphins-Saints on "MNF" highlights   Rays-Rangers
Report from "MNF" broadcasters Mike
Tirico and Jon Gruden
  Rays-Rangers analysis from FS1's Gabe Kapler and Ken Rosenthal
Report from "Monday Night Countdown" analysts in New Orleans   Postgame press conference from Rays-Rangers
Rays-Rangers   Live footage from Rays locker room
"Gillette Precise Moment" from Dolphins-Saints   NFL news and notes
Report from "Monday Night Countdown" analysts in New Orleans   Live footage from Rays locker room
"GMC Never Say Never Moment of the
Week" nominees
  Interview with Rays manager Joe Maddon
ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting on NFL news and notes   Interview with Rays DH Delmon Young
ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" analysts
recapping Rays-Rangers
  Dolphins-Saints
Postgame press conference from Dolphins-Saints   Dolphins-Saints analysis from FS1's Donovan McNabb and Tony Siragusa
Jon Gruden naming Saints RB Darren Sproles his "Gruden Grinder" award winner   Postgame press conference from Dolphins-Saints
Status of Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman being in the NFL's drug program   Live footage from Rays locker room
"Sunday Soundtracks" from week four of the NFL   Rays-Rangers highlights
"Top Ten" plays   Interview with Rays manager Joe Maddon
Preview of NHL season   More MLB analysis from FS1's Gabe Kapler
Status of Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman being in the NFL's drug program   Dolphins-Saints highlights
    NHL analysis from FS1's Chris Chelios
    Postgame press conference from Dolphins-Saints
    Live footage from Rays locker room
    Interview with Rays manager Joe Maddon
    Status of Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman being in the NFL's drug program
    Show's co-hosts commenting on headlines from New York and Philadelphia papers
    "Case of the Mondays" segment of excerpts from NFL coaches' press conference
    "Players Only" segment with McNabb, Siragusa, Chelios, Kapler and Andy Roddick
    Heat media day
    "The 1" segment of best MLB plays this season
    "Best Person In Sports" segment
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