ESPN’s end-of-the-year credit roll, which runs annually around the holidays, is a way to acknowledge the many individuals who contributed to ESPN’s success throughout the year. The tradition began many years ago as a public acknowledgement of all the dedicated people both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes, although what used to take under a minute to display now lasts 30 minutes.
This year’s roll debuted at the end of the 11:30 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on Saturday, Dec. 24 (credits began at approximately 12:30 a.m., depending on the conclusion of the Hawaii Bowl that precedes SportsCenter). As has been the tradition, the roll features a continual stream of “This is SportsCenter” commercials. A background scene refresh this year includes some of ESPN’s on-air talent in various, animated holiday scenes.