ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt is bringing his late-night edition of SportsCenter to Washington, DC. Van Pelt, a Sherwood High School (Sandy Spring, MD) and University of Maryland graduate, joined his longtime friend Kevin Sheehan to discuss why he wanted the show live in the nation’s capital permanently.
“I’m a Maryland guy,” Van Pelt said on Friday’s Kevin Sheehan Show. “My friends are there and the Terps are there and all that. My mom is there and my mom turns 80 this summer and her sister, my aunt… my mom and aunt are ‘One & One-A’,” Van Pelt said.
Van Pelt’s DMV SportsCenter will be live from the downtown Washington, DC studios of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption with Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser.
SVP, who had hosted from those studios before, spoke to Kornheiser and PTI producer Eric Rydholm to see if a permanent move was realistic.
“I wanted to see if it was possible, and in was the weirdest way that really got me motivated to push this up the ladder,” Van Pelt told Sheehan.
Van Pelt often makes quick trips from Connecticut to College Park to see his Terps, sitting courtside – sometimes with Sheehan – at XFinity Center, and he even hosted SportsCenter from the building following Maryland’s win over Georgetown in 2015. But it’s more than just sports making this transition important for SVP.
“To come home and be able to raise my family in a place where… I know how much I enjoyed it. I think they would as well,” said Van Pelt.
To play on the DC theme, Van Pelt wants a Go-Go version of SportsCenter’s music. But aside from having more athletes and celebrities potentially on the show, don’t expect many changes.
“The show is show, Van Pelt said. “It can be what it is, where ever we are, and we’ll just continue doing what we’re doing.”
ESPN’s late-night edition of SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt will make it’s debut in Washington, D.C. this August.