Captain Tom Moore
is doing the intro to the show with a pre-record of the year in sport and related activties. Joe Wicks, BLM, Tom himself, Lewis, FA Cup…
has a documentary on the BBC on Monday night at 7pm about his schoolkids/food campaign. He’s up for some sort of gong tonight.
You can do it online at the BBC website or by phoning once the shebang kicks off at 8.
What’s the point of it?
Well, what’s the point of anything? says our excellent colleague Isabelle Westbury.
I tend to agree. Some people loathe SPOTY and some obviously very much don’t, because they keep putting it on the telly and millions watch it. I say let people be.
Lewis Hamilton is 3-1 on, Hollie Doyle second favourite at fives, I understand that there has been a bit of an effort in the racing community to get behind her, good for the profile of the sport and so on.
Jordan Henderson 10-1, Ronnie at 12s. Tyson Fury at 25-1 and Broad at 100.
There will also be awards
tonight for team of the year, coach of the year and a chance to celebrate some less familiar names.
Six worthy contenders
Broad for his comeback and going past 500 Test wickets, Ronnie for one of the great Crucible performances in that semi when he looked gone for all money before letting ‘er rip, Lewis for all that car driving.
But here are some of our writers suggesting a few others who might have been just as worthy.
Alternative SPOTY: From a care worker to Marcus Rashford – these are the real Sports Personalities of the Year
Good evening, Tyers here, welcome to our live blog of Sports Personality of the Year, known to its friends as SPOTY, although friendless indeed has the event become in the eyes of some critics. There has been some debate as to whether the BBC’s annual award show recognising those who have lit up our sporting lives should have gone ahead in 2020, but gone ahead it has. The contenders for the award are Lewis Hamilton, Stuart Broad, Jordan Henderson, Hollie Doyle, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Tyson Fury.
Here, some of our specialist correspondents run the rule over the five men and one woman from their sport’s perspective.
Here’s Jason Burt, football wallah, on Hendo: “… captain of one of the most impressive, relentless teams in recent years. His importance to Liverpool is probably in his personality and leadership even more than his play and he is sorely missed when absent.”
I’d like to mark your card with this Marcus Armytage piece about the brilliant young jockey, Doyle:
Some good lines in that one: “…she doesn’t yap about her success. Everyone’s using her because she’s an amazing little rider and is hard to beat.”
Some people noted the gender split of the shortlist: five blokes and one woman. Here’s a history lesson of the women who have won in the past.
Here’s Oliver Brown putting the event in broader context: Sports Personality of the Year: How the BBC’s big night turned into a big headache
One of those headaches has been the fact that Tyson Fury was in the media over the last week saying that he didn’t want any part of the occasion or indeed the award. Here’s a piece from boxing’s Gareth A Davies about one of the most fascinating and polarising people in sport, and what he has done outside the ring.
All things considered, Lewis Hamilton will probably be the safest bet, and his achievements have certainly been mighty.