ESPN Kicks Off Midnight ‘SportsCenter’

ESPN will launch a midnight edition of its studio scores and highlights show SportsCenter on Sept. 7.

Scott Van Pelt will anchor the new show, which will debut following ESPN's telecast of the Ohio State-Virginia Tech college football game.

“Scott and a team of very talented and creative people have been working hard to be ready to launch a new and entertaining midnight SportsCenter,” Rob King, ESPN senior vice president, SportsCenter and News, said. “The show will deliver what sports fans are used to from SportsCenter but in a different and fast-paced way, led by the intellect, humor and sports fandom of Scott Van Pelt.”

Van Pelt is a familiar ESPN anchor and hosted a program on ESPN Radio.

“It’s still SportsCenter,” Van Pelt said. “It’s still a show that at its core is about whatever has happened that day in sports — highlights and stories — and not a variety show. It’s our interpretation of what SportsCenter would be if you blended it with some room for commentary. The crux is that it’s SportsCenter, just our version of it.”

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