ESPN's Scott Van Pelt tests positive for COVID-19, will miss next few 'SportsCenter' episodes

Jack Baer
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Popular ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt will be sidelined for the next few midnight episodes of “SportsCenter” after testing positive for COVID-19, he revealed through Twitter on Thursday.

Van Pelt disclosed that while he feels fine, he has lost his senses of smell and taste, which first prompted him to get tested. It’s unclear how long Van Pelt will be out.

Van Pelt joins a list of ESPN personalities including Matthew Berry, Doris Burke, Todd McShay and Dan Dakich to test positive for the virus. He later added that his dog Otis had also torn his ACL, so it seemingly hasn’t been the best holiday season for the Van Pelt household.

Van Pelt’s presence on the midnight “SportsCenter” — which goes back to 2015 — will be missed, especially by the gamblers of the sports world. Segments like “Bad Beats” are a regular highlight, and give ESPN a reliable bright spot for its late night slate.

For now, it is unclear who will replace Van Pelt on “SportsCenter,” nor how long Van Pelt will be away from the show.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - FEBRUARY 29:  Scott Van Pelt talks during ESPN College GameDay before the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Michigan State Spartans in the Xfinity Center on February 29, 2020 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)
Scott Van Pelt has been with ESPN since 2001. (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)

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