Scott Van Pelt Announces Return to SportsCenter, Has Tested Negative Despite COVID-19 Symptoms

by Joe Rutland

ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Scott Van Pelt is going back on the air starting Sunday night after missing shows due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Van Pelt, who has been sitting in the popular late-night anchor spot since 2015, announced on Twitter his return with a GIF of pro wrestler Ric Flair.

While most ESPN studio shows are based at the company’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters, Van Pelt moved “SportsCenter” to the Washington, D.C., area where he could be nearer his family.

He announced, also through Twitter, on Dec. 17 that he was stepping away from the anchor desk after testing positive for COVID-19.

Van Pelt Connection With ESPN Goes Back To 2001

In early 2001, Scott Van Pelt joined ESPN as the network’s lead professional golf reporter. He soon became a “SportsCenter” anchor and later on a co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Tirico and Van Pelt” with now-NBC Sports broadcaster Mike Tirico on weekday afternoons.

Van Pelt started up his own radio show in July 2009 on ESPN Radio. When co-host Ryan Russillo came on board, the show’s name changed to “SVP & Russillo” in October 2012. That show ended in 2015.

He also did a “Bald Man on Campus” segment for “ESPN College GameDay” for a number of years.

Back in March, Scott Van Pelt purchased an estate in Bethesda, Md., for $4.25 million.

Van Pelt’s enormous Georgian Colonial-style house was built in 2003. It features six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms, spread across a vast 11,519 square feet of living space.

The property covers just over two acres on a quiet road nestled between two golf courses—TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm and the Congressional Country Club.