Scott Van Pelt Inks New ESPN Deal
July 25, 2012 at 4:25 AM (PT)
As expected, ESPN RADIO and ESPNEWS sports talk host and ESPN SPORTSCENTER anchor SCOTT VAN PELT has inked a multi-year extension with the network. VAN PELT, whose deal was first reported as a verbal agreement to stay at the network (NET NEWS 5/15), will add appearances on the TV network's COLLEGE GAMEDAY. The TV network has seen a pair of high-profile defections in recent months, with MICHELLE BEADLE joining NBC UNIVERSAL's re-branded NBC SPORTS NETWORK (formerly VERSUS) and syndicated "ACCESS HOLLYWOOD" and ERIN ANDREWS moving to FOX SPORTS.
"SCOTT's versatility makes him a valuable member of the ESPN team and we're pleased he's staying with us," said SVP/Exec. Producer, Production MARK GROSS. "The GAMEDAY opportunity provides SCOTT with yet another platform on which to express his enthusiasm, insight and opinion."
"The things I got to do, and the people I got to do them with, ultimately I couldn't walk away from," added VAN PELT, who joined ESPN from THE GOLF CHANNEL in 2000.