For Van Pelt, who joined ESPN as a golfing reporter in 2001 and has labored in Bristol ever since, by no means arrives Monday. The middle of the night version of “SportsCenter,” which Van Pelt has hosted since 2015, has relocated to D.C., and can make its debut in the similar studio that properties ESPN’s “PTI” with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.
“I by no means imagined a trail again,” Van Pelt mentioned final week right through an interview with WJLA’s Scott Abraham. “Clearly, I used to be in Bristol, and that’s the place ESPN is. For me, that appeared like that used to be it, and I’d were high-quality. I used to be content material there. It’s a fantastic position. It wasn’t not like the place I are living right here, nevertheless it wasn’t house, and so there used to be all the time this feeling of, ‘May I am getting again?’ I’m simply thankful my bosses had been agreeable to take a look at to lend a hand me type this out.”
Van Pelt first pitched the speculation of a D.C. homecoming in Might 2019 after chatting with “PTI” govt manufacturer Erik Rydholm on the 2019 Sports activities Emmy Awards in New York Town. Even sooner than the radical coronavirus pandemic compelled networks to reconsider the way in which they duvet occasions and bring day by day systems, Van Pelt had transform satisfied that he may just do his display from nearly anyplace. Why no longer house? ESPN’s executives had been amenable to the speculation and the transfer used to be introduced in January.
Raised a D.C. sports activities fan, Van Pelt, 54, has been Maryland’s largest backer in Bristol through the years. He has made the commute house to cheer at the Terps from his courtside seat at Xfinity Middle a couple of occasions each and every season and hosted “SportsCenter” from Faculty Park after the 2015 Maryland-Georgetown recreation. Maryland loves Van Pelt again, and welcomed considered one of its largest superstar supporters house through turning its Twitter account over to a gaggle of Van Pelt tremendous enthusiasts, the #StanPelts, and sharing not anything however SVP content material Monday.
Whilst the studio may have a D.C. really feel, together with pictures of the town, and the mythical District-based go-go band Hassle Funk has put its spin at the “SportsCenter” theme song, Van Pelt mentioned the display itself will glance similar to the one who originated in Bristol. Be expecting to peer the standard “Unhealthy Beats” and “One Giant Factor” segments, possibly with a couple of extra references to R.J. Bentley’s and Ledo Pizza. Given D.C.’s tough professional sports activities scene, the display’s new house may just additionally come up with the money for the chance for extra in-person interviews than Van Pelt performed in Bristol.
“We’re no longer coming down right here to do a distinct display,” Van Pelt mentioned on the newest episode of his SVPod together with his “SportsCenter” co-host, “Stanford Steve” Coughlin. “We’re looking to stay it as equivalent as we will.”
Monday’s display starts on the conclusion of the Arizona Diamondbacks-Colorado Rockies recreation on ESPN.