The iconic awards show has been going on since 1956 and has been a constant celebration of those people involved with Britains amazing sporting achievements in a calendar year. The hype surrounding it and the glamorous show itself is also a TV event and millions will tune in.
Like every year the list of the contenders is impressive and it draws on all the sports rather than just the select few popular ones. Lewis Hamilton, Anthony Joshua and Chris Froome are just some of the big names who adorn 2017 with big wins.
Because of the nature of the vote and it being done by the public the term personality is right. While all of those who are nominated have achieved great things the winner will also be the person that people take a shine to. As with any competition, intrigue is surrounding it and thanks to its subject of sport betting tips is where we hope to help you enjoy the night even more.
Here is a look at a few of the contenders we think will have a shot at lifting that famous camera trophy.
The British heavyweight champion of the world beat Wladamir Klitschko this year in one of the most intriguing boxing fights of the year. The Brit was asked more questions than ever before against the Ukrainian. We even saw Joshua wobble after a strong punch but it was his youth and fitness that shone against Klitschko.
Joshua also beat Carlos Takam this year in defence of the belts he won and has set up an intriguing future for the Brit. He wants to be able to unify all belts it seems but another shadow in the form of Tyson Fury is looming after his recent return from a ban. Even though Anthony Joshua’s true legacy probably lies ahead of him his achievements to date are more than enough to win this award. It is worth mentioning that he is also an incredibly popular figure having bucked the trend of brash and boastful men in boxing. He looks most likely to win and bookies think so to at 1/5.
Lewis Hamilton is the perennial runner up in BBC SPOTY. He has never been popular with the mainstream for whatever reason but his talent is undeniable. This year he won his third championship in four years! All of this includes 72 pole positions, 62 F1 races and 38 fastest laps. Hamilton’s biggest hurdle to winning the prize could be the sport. Many view F1 as an unfair sport in which cars play the biggest role. While true fans of F1 know how much skill is required for Hamilton to do what he is doing they are outnumbered.
Lewis’ popularity may have also taken a major shot leading into this vote. His playboy antics has drawn raised eyebrows from many but this year he took the biscuit when he was one of the main names mentioned in a tax scandal involving a private jet. Stories like that never do well and in a popularity vote like this, his odds as second favourite at 8/1 seem generous.
Harry Kane might be a surprise in standings this year. 2017 has seen quite a few scandals and with question marks over Chris Froome and Mo Farah being tarnished by his coaches misdeads the door is open for another. Harry Kane has been a god send for English football who desperately needed a new goal scoring hero having been let down too many times by the golden generation and Wayne Rooney.
Kane is on the way to beating Alan Shearer’s record of goals scored in a single year being only 3 off the 36 required. His ability to score from anywhere has allowed him to amass these goals and his place in an exciting new Tottenham side has seen his rise played out on the biggest screens, like Champions League and Premier League. While we don’t think he will win he might be an interesting pick to be in the top 3!