Scott Van Pelt To Leave ESPN Radio's 'SVP And Russillo' To Host ESPN's Midnight 'SportsCenter'
May 12, 2015 at 7:51 AM (PT)
With SCOTT VAN PELT's move to host the midnight (ET) weekday edition of ESPN's SPORTSCENTER, VAN PELT will leave his radio gig as co-host with RYEN RUSSILLO of "SVP AND RUSSILLO" in middays on ESPN RADIO. VAN PELT signed a new multiyear deal with the network that gives him solo hosting duties on the midnight edition of ESPN's flagship show.
“We believe SCOTT’s one-of-a-kind blend of intellect, humor and sports fandom will place a new, entertaining stamp on the midnight SPORTSCENTER,” said ESPN SVP/SPORTSCENTER and News ROB KING. “Placed between the 11p and 1a editions of SPORTSCENTER, SCOTT will have the freedom to focus on the day’s most compelling storylines and offer his own imprint, in addition to the perspective of his assembled cast of characters.”
VAN PELT said, “It was going to take something remarkable for me to consider a day that didn’t include radio, and this would qualify. To be allowed and empowered to bring some of the sensibility of radio to this space is fantastic.
“I was asked, ‘What would SPORTSCENTER look like if you were in charge?’” he said. “The staff we will have in place will help answer that question daily. With the weight and resources of ESPN behind us, I know we will make this hour distinct and fun. It’s still SPORTSCENTER, hopefully the best of what that has come to represent and definitely with our sense of what matters that day and why.
“Like a lot of people, I remember fondly the ‘good old days’ of SPORTSCENTER. The world of 2015 makes that show an impossibility now. Can we make this hour something people remember fondly some day? I believe we can and hope we will.”