Last Updated: April 24, 2024
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Net Worth:
$25 Million
$6 Million
Aug 4, 1970 (53 years old)
6 ft 5 in (1.98 m)
Sports commentator, Actor, Screenwriter
United States of America
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Scott Van Pelt is an American sportscaster who has a net worth of $25 million. Scott Van Pelt is most famous for being the 11 p.m. edition co-anchor on ESPN's "SportsCenter" and as the host of his own show on ESPN Radio called "The Scott Van Pelt Show." Van Pelt has also covered various golf events for the ESPN network. He is one of the most prominent members of the ESPN team and is often referred to as the face of the network.

What is Scott Van Pelt's salary?

Scott Van Pelt's salary at ESPN is $6 million per year. In November 2017, he signed a multi-year contract extension with ESPN that roughly doubled his previous salary.

Early Life

Scott Van Pelt was born on July 9, 1966, in Brookeville, Maryland. He grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. His parents are Cathie Mathis and Sam Van Pelt, and his grandfather Lorenzo immigrated from Italy to the U.S. and lived in Brooklyn.

After graduating from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Maryland, Scott attended the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor's degree in radio/television and film. At the University of Maryland, he was an active member of the fraternity known as Pi Kappa Alpha. Sadly, his father passed away when Scott was in his early twenties, just as he was finishing up college.

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In 1990, Scott began his career in sportscasting on a FOX affiliate station in Washington, D.C., called WTTG-TV. He then worked for the Golf Channel from 1994 to 2000, where he was the studio host of several signature programs at the network. He was the co-host of "Golf Central" and "Leaderboard Report" and occasional host of "Viewer's Forum." In 1997, Van Pelt had an exclusive half-hour interview with a young Tiger Woods after he won the Masters, called "Tiger Woods: In His Own Words."

He began his position as anchor of "SportsCenter" at ESPN 2001, he left the Golf Channel to join ESPN. As one of the top golf correspondents at ESPN, he has covered such major events as The Masters, the British Open, and the PGA Championship. Van Pelt also has appeared on ESPN's coverage of The Open Championship. At ESPN Radio, he is considered a prominent personality, and prior to hosting his own show, he was co-host of "Tirico and Van Pelt" alongside Mike Tirico. After that show was canceled, the ESPN network replaced it with Van Pelt's own three-hour program in 2009, "SVP & Russillo," which is simulcast on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD.

In May 2015, the network announced Van Pelt would leave the radio show to become a solo anchor for a midnight edition of "SportsCenter." The show began airing in late summer 2015. The show covers sports events from the day and includes additional commentary from Van Pelt. He also incorporated some of the more popular elements from the radio show into his new show.

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Van Pelt announced on the July 2, 2020, edition of "SportsCenter" that he would be relocating his show from the "SportsCenter" headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, to Washington, D.C, to be closer to his hometown in Maryland, effective August 2020.

Some other major events Van Pelt has covered include numerous USGA events, Tour events, Senior PGA Tour events, and the NCAA Men's and Women's championships. His voice is also well-known in the golf video games world as a commenter on ES Sports' "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10″ and" Tiger Woods PGA Tour II" alongside Kelly Tilghman. He also does commentary for the comic game titled "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am." Van Pelt is also a studio presenter for ESPN's "Friday Night College Football."

Personal Life

Van Pelt has been married to his wife, Stephanie, since 2011. They have two children: a daughter, Lila Catherine, was born in 2012, and his son, Sam, was born in 2016. He is not one to be biased while announcing sports news, but in his personal life, Scott is a fan of the Maryland Terrapins, the Washington Redskins, the Washington Capitals, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Washington Wizards.

Van Pelt established a scholarship in his late father's memory to the Phillip Merril College of Journalism, which he personally funds financially.

Real Estate

In March 2020, Scott purchased a massive Georgian Colonial-style estate in Bethesda, Maryland, for $4.25 million. Built in 2003, the sprawling 11,519-square-foot home boasts six bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, a pool and a pool house, an exercise room and, naturally, a game room and sport courts. He subsequently put his 8,801-square-foot home in Connecticut on the market for $2 million after buying it in October 2014 for $3 million.

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