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Carl Doran | 14:32 UK time, Monday, 29 November 2010

The fact that BBC Sports Personality of the Year provokes so much debate is one of the main reasons I love being editor of the show.

In the SPOTY office, we are worse than anyone, constantly guessing who might make the top 10, checking who are the favourites, discussing and disagreeing on who the 30 sports editors might nominate. So as soon as we get the results through, I really look forward to announcing the top 10 contenders in order to hear people's reactions.

It is also great because finally the waiting is over and we can look ahead to exactly who might lift the trophy in Birmingham on 19 December.

The 2009 Sports Personality of the Year winner, Ryan Giggs, exclusively revealed the top 10 contenders during The One Show on Monday.

I'm sure you'll agree with me that it really is an outstanding list. In fact, that's better illustrated by taking a look at those people who just missed out.

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Giggs recalls his 2009 Sports Personality of the Year win

Andy Murray reached a Grand Slam final, Beth Tweddle clinched another World title and Mo Farah was a double gold medal winner at the European Athletics Championship.

Not forgetting Rebecca Adlington and Phillips Idowu, who again had great years. Yet none of those fantastically talented sports stars have made it into the top 10 this year - the competition was just that strong.

I have enormous sympathy for those I have just mentioned but our independent judging panel have really come up with something special with the names they have selected.

Just to reiterate, the top 10 is chosen by 30 sports editors from a range of publications. They send us their top 10s and we simply count the nominations for each sports star - you can see who each of the publications went for by following this link.

After the disappointment of the World Cup, we sometimes forget what a vintage year it has been for British sport.

Lee Westwood toppled Tiger Woods to become the world number one in golf, while Graeme McDowell, along with Lee, helped Europe win the Ryder Cup. Graeme also won one of golf's majors, the US Open.

In darts, 15-time world champion Phil Taylor continues his phenomenal success, while Mark Cavendish makes the list again after winning five stages of the 2010 Tour de France.

Amy Williams gets her reward after winning gold at the Winter Olympics, while heptathlete Jessica Ennis, third last year, features again following a hugely successful 2009.

Jockey AP McCoy finally ended his Grand National hoodoo and is deservedly chosen, alongside world heavyweight boxing champion David Haye fresh from his victory over fellow Briton Audley Harrison.

Graeme Swann is currently in Australia looking to add to his blossoming reputation as one of the best spin bowlers in the world, while 16-year-old diver Tom Daley features yet again after his golden performances in Delhi.

Try and pick a winner from that lot! It promises to be the closest race for years and whoever wins will be a very worthy victor.

Over the next three weeks we'll be covering all 10 contenders equally and extensively with family features during The One Show, interviews with the contenders themselves during BBC Radio 5 live's breakfast show and an extensive spin-off show on all 10 with Gabby Logan on 13 December, which will also feature interviews with every contender.

And, as always, the BBC Sport website will cover all 10 extensively, with each contender having their own individual day when they will be featured.

We hope that by the time the show comes around on 19 December in Birmingham, you will know all you need to know about our top 10 and you will be able to decide your favourite.

The vote takes place during the show itself and is decided by the public alone.

What a list, what a night it is going to be.

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  • Comment number 1.

    One of the Golfers for me. Or AP McCoy. Any other person would be a surprise.

    Glad to see Taylor nominated. Probs wont win but at least hes getting recognised.

  • Comment number 2.

    The year 2010 proved to be another knockout year for 'The Hayemaker', with two successful defences of his world heavyweight title.

    The WBA champion stopped American John Ruiz in April, further proving his credentials as a hard-hitting heavyweight champion.

    Haye's attention then turned to an all-British showdown with Audley Harrison in November.

    In one of the most hyped bouts in years, Haye proved a class above his opponent, stopping Harrison in the third round after a blistering barrage of punches.

    The 30-year-old now has his sights set on the Klitschko brothers as he bids to unify the heavyweight division before his self-imposed retirement deadline of October next year.

    Former boxing heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis was the last boxer to lift the Sports Personality of the Year trophy in 1999 and Londoner Haye will have the opportunity to follow in his hero's footsteps in Birmingham.
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    Nice to see some tip top research work done by the BBC again.

    I take it Joe Calzaghe's win in 2007 was all just a dream.

  • Comment number 3.

    I think either McCoy or McDowell will win.

    The latter is a racing great who won the biggest prize in his sport for the first time ever and the latter the first European to win the US Open since 1970 plus helped win the Ryder cup although I accept that was a team effort.

    Will Phil Taylor turn up this year then as he has been nominated.

    Think Jess Ennis and Tom Daley will have to wait till 2012 for their chance to win.

  • Comment number 4.

    "Try and pick a winner from that lot! It promises to be the closest race for years and whoever wins will be a very worthy winner."

    Woohoo, I cannot wai....ZZZZZ.

    SPOTY: Rewarding Mediocrity

  • Comment number 5.

    For me its between Swann, Westwood and McDowell. I'd say that just because the drama of the Ryder cup backs up a US Open victory, I'd make McDowell favourite at this point.

  • Comment number 6.

    Nobody from motorsport so I'm not interested.

  • Comment number 7.

    I can see David Haye being a popular vote, but for me he hasn't done enough this year to warrant this award; a third round mauling of Audley Harrison was hardly spectacular, as we already know that Harrison is way past his prime. If he'd have clobbered one of the Klitchkos, however, I'd definitely put his name forward.

    For me, it's got to be Jessica Ennis' year. Consistently brilliant, beats whoever's out on the field, and is only a whisker away from that record by Denise Lewis. Give me another athlete who's suffered a potentially career threatening injury, only to then find the motivation to come back, push on and be the best in the world.

  • Comment number 8.

    In the profile for Graeme Swann, shortlisted for this year's SPOTY award, you say this:
    "Were Swann to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, he would become the first cricketer to do so since Sir Ian Botham lifted the trophy back in 1981".
    Such short memories! Has the BBC forgotten that the SPOTY 2005 was Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff? His name is in the list of previous winners which appears on the same page as this year's shortlisted candidates. It is a sad reflection on cricket's low profile with the BBC that nobody spotted this error.

  • Comment number 9.

    No stand-out contenders this year which pretty much sums up an underwhelming year for British sport. Hopefully the award will go to Phil Taylor or Tony McCoy, both have been at the top of their profession, year in, year out, for the best part of two decades. Their sports are not the most glamourous or popular but they both show extreme skill coupled with enthusiasm and commitment.

  • Comment number 10.

    Please note, no footballers.
    Hope Lee Westwood wins it.

  • Comment number 11.

    1. Lee Westwood
    2. Phil Taylor
    3. jessica Ennis
    4. AP McCoy

    my predictions

  • Comment number 12.

    It will be David Haye unless Swann works wonders over the next couple of weeks down under!

  • Comment number 13.

    David Haye = LoL!!! What has he done, apart from nothing!!!

    Does anyone really care about this silly award, afterall didn't Ryan Giggs win it for doing absolutely nothing last year!!!

  • Comment number 14.

    footballers, golfers, darts, snooker, cricketers are already paid to do their sport so BBC shhould be finding sports-persons who are under-funded and doing their training for actual physical sport. Fedup with with razz-mataz of this programme.

  • Comment number 15.

    Not sure why Zoo are qualified to make a nomination particularly if they're going to nominate Drogba (ineligible) and Audley. Quite funny that the sun voted for Charlie Adam too (although he has been excellent for Blackpool).

    My feeling is that McCoy or Taylor will win as fans of their sports (of which I am one) will vote in droves to up their publicity. Would be good for racing if McCoy wins and following on from Giggs, either will be very deserving not only for their recent success but their unparalleled sustained excellence in their chosen sports.

    However McDowell's performances at Pebble and Celtic Manor (final day) seal my vote.

  • Comment number 16.

    I am somewhat saddened to see that the list of "personalities" includes no one who could be plausibly described as a "personality". Tom Daly is familiar only due to the coverage he has received (a "personality" has yet to develop!), the rest are largely unknown to the general public beyond the sport in which they excel.

    Surely the judges could come up with something more exciting - watching this will be akin to watching paint dry.

  • Comment number 17.

    Beth Tweddle - multiple world champion doesn't get the nod while folk who have won less get on the list? Shows the state of British sports journalism i suppose.

    Just for that I hope Phil Taylor wins.

  • Comment number 18.

    If anyone is interested:

    The nominations, by how many votes they got:

    Tony McCoy 30
    Graeme McDowell 29
    Lee Westwood 27
    Jess Ennis 25
    Graeme Swann 21
    Mark Cavendish 18
    David Haye 16
    Phil Taylor 14
    Tom Daley 14
    Amy Williams 14

    The next five:
    Mo Farah 14*
    Andy Murray 12
    Beth Tweddle 11
    Andrew Strauss 8
    Gareth Bale 6

    *The four on 14 votes were reduced to three by a 'panel of experts'.

  • Comment number 19.

    Incorporating the BBC Pub Games Personality of the Year award?

  • Comment number 20.

    David Haye....are you kidding?

    He beat possibly the worst heavyweight champion ever in Valuev for the WBA title....whoops that was actually back in 2009 if you remember.

    So what has he done in 2010 to join the sporting elite...oh yes he beat John Ruiz who also gave the WBA title to Valuev in the first place (I won't get into the controversy in that decision though). However you look at it that is hardly a step up in the world.

    In fact the main talking point was his cowardly dodging of the Klitschko brothers. Obviously showed his sparkling "personality" with that t-shirt showing him holding their severed heads...one for all the family to enjoy.

    And to cement that he chose the top contender for his second defence...if only! Instead he choose a ridiculous fight against his mate Audley for lots of $$$....three rounds and probably told Audley off afterwards for throwing that one punch. Oh yeah and he reckoned he had put his money on the third round win...top class behaviour.

    The guy has never had the bravery to fight a world class heavyweight. You can talk about the lack of talent in that weight division but hasn't even fought the best of that lot.

    He will surely be rememebred as an all time great...

  • Comment number 21.

    Where is Carl Froch? Absolute Disgrace he wasn't even in any of the tabloids lists. Froch has fought twice in away territory against 2 p4p fighters, losing a razor thin decision in a fight of the year contendor and regaining it against King Arthur who's only loss was from a dq and causing that fighter to retire from the tournament, and Froch beat him in an absolute masterclass. I like David Haye but for him to be ahead of Froch is laughable.
    I don't want to knock the spin bowler and Darts king Phil Taylor but boxing is the toughest sport in the world, Froch has and is facing the toughest fighters in his division who are regarded as some of the best pound4pound and prevailing, and after this tough, tough year for Froch he deserves the recognition.
    I hope someone who reads this can do something about it because if an extra place isn't added I'll be boycotting the show. Froch deserves his place without question.

  • Comment number 22.

    No Mo Farrar?????? 10000m & 5000m and a personality!

  • Comment number 23.

    No one deserves it more than AP McCoy. The man is a legend, pure and simple. No other sportsman can claim to have acheived as much, overcome as many injuries, dedicated himself mind body and soul to our mighty sport.

    Vote McCoy!

  • Comment number 24.

    David Haye? He beat a journeyman and a complete non-entity on the boxing scene.

    The only true worthy winner of this is Phil Taylor, and it is an absolute farce if he doesn't win.

  • Comment number 25.

    On reading through the list I simply have to ask why has Carl Froch been left out? His achievement in regaining his super middleweight crown is truly outstanding, when has any British boxer fought the very best in the world one after the other and achieved what Carl has done? I honestly feel its a great shame that no British broadcaster has shown his fights to date, to see him left off this spoty list is in my opinion an insult to his achievements. I greatly respect and support David Haye as world heavyweight champ but frankly, Carl Froch is more deserving of recognition because of his outstanding dedication and contribution to British boxing this year.

  • Comment number 26.

    Yet again the world of mountainbiking is ignored by the BBC.
    Mark Cavendish is a great athelete without a doubt, but in the world of cycling Gee Atherton won the World Cup in downhill in one of the closest fought seasons for years!
    Tracey Moseley has become World Champion, but no mention of this.
    Last year Steve Peat finally became World Champ after four second places and finally won the last thing needed to become a dh legend. No mention yet again.
    C'mon Beeb, sort it out. Riding in lycra in the Velodrome or on the road isn't the only type of bike racing. Celebrate some Brits who are actual world champions!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 27.

    Nobody from football or Formula1 means this is going to be the least watched show in years. Couldn't care less who wins.

  • Comment number 28.

    Zoo Magazine don't deserve a vote; their votes have been lad-mag rubbish for years, and not to include a single female participant in their ten shows how disrespectful they are. The Daily Express should be ashamed of itself for just that reason, too, as well as for so many others.

    As ever, continued thanks to the BBC for its transparency in this regard, which represents a very considerable improvement on the old procedure.

  • Comment number 29.

    As much as i laugh at his americanised ulster accent,it has to be Gmac.
    The Ryder Cup last day was the best sport on televison this year bar none
    and winning US OPEN in june just underlines his fantastic achievements

  • Comment number 30.

    So, no swimmers then, after such a great year for the likes of Adlington, Tancock, Halsall and Renwick?

    My ten would have been:

    Mo Farah, Graeme Swann, Liam Tancock, Jessica Ennis, Dario Franchitti,
    Rory McIlroy, Andrew Murray, Rebecca Adlington, Lewis Hamilton, AP McCoy.

  • Comment number 31.

    Is pre-moderation taking so long because the bbc mods are so busy dealing with panorama fall-out I wonder?

  • Comment number 32.

    Its a great list.

    Both golfers really deserve it, they have been a credit to Britain and Europe.

    I'm not a particular fan of him, but I think that Phil Taylor deserves an immense amount of credit for his career, and year 2010. To be so dominant for so many years and to have the hunger to fight the many new challengers to his crown year in, year out, is incredible. It maybe "only" darts, but the level of accuracy required under such pressure is huge.

    Amy Williams made the winter olympics for me, I was glued to the skeleton.

    Tom Daley has achieved so much at such a young age, and just gets better and better, he deserves his place.

    Jessica Ennis is pure quality and conducts herself in a perfect manner.

    Anyone of these sports stars will get my support if they win. They are all better than Ryan Giggs last year. Thankfully there is no footballer to choose from.

  • Comment number 33.

    Its a good job the word personality is not taken too literally (Giggs, Owen etc...) otherwise Cav wouldn't get a look in.

    With the fact that he has pretty much upset anyone he has worked with aside, I would love to see Cav get the award.

    His feats in the Tour de France were nothing short of sensational.

  • Comment number 34.

    Is there a Sport Personailty of the Year this year? I can't think of a single British sportsman or woman who gone that extra mile to deserve the award. The biggest joke is putting David Haye in there. This year he couldn't even knock out a night club bouncer when fighting for the world title & then he adds insult to injury by agreeing to fight a boxer who is a total failure as a professional! Audley Harrison wouldn't have got a shot againsty any top 10 fighter if was anything but British. Our heavyweights are so bad that we give anyone a shot who can stand up straight for 10 seconds.

  • Comment number 35.

    Well after last years disgraceful choice (bad as Zara Phillips being chosen), a better non Football List is nice to see.
    I would like to see Phil 'The Power' Taylor win it because he has done the impossible , won trhe Grand Slam (World Champs, Prem League, UK Open, World Matchplay) and yet he wont be picked because the BBC dont show the PDC Darts....a disgraceful way for an English Sportsman to be treated by the BBC.
    Swann, Williams and Ennis will be near the top, all 3 have had great seasons.
    That will be the top 3...not going to say who will be 1st.

  • Comment number 36.

    Tony McCoy?!

    Give it his bloody horse!

  • Comment number 37.

    Good list of genuine deserved sportsmen/women of the year. No footballers, therefore no repeat of last years ridiculous "winner". Not sure who I'd choose though.

  • Comment number 38.

    I see there is no recognition for alistair or jonny brownlee or one of our greatest ever athletes Chrissy Wellington.....

  • Comment number 39.

    Very very tough on Mo Farah - had a phenomenal season. I'm a huge Westwood fan, but he hasn't won anything of huge note, Poulter has probaby had a more consistent season. Not sure Haye has fought anyone enough to warrant being there.

    Should and probably will be a Northern Ireland 1-2.

  • Comment number 40.

    I think David Haye has a good chance of winning this.

  • Comment number 41.

    It's a travesty Mo Farah isn't on the list. His achievement was unprecedented in British Athletics winning double gold at 5 and 10K at the Europeans and in Great style. Not to mention a British record at 5k and the first British athlete under 13mins. My highlight of the sporting year.
    It was good to see a winter Olympian there but sliding on a tea tray hardly compares to Mo's achievements.

  • Comment number 42.

    I believe all the contestants deserve to be there except one. Whilst he may have been successful the manner in which he choose to speak about opponents and what he actually said (things that would be removed if I wrote them here) should mean David Haye should never be associated with "personality". If you have a mother a sister or a daughter do not vote for this man!
    I do worry the BBC will back him though, as they invested a lot in the last boxing match.

    I pray for a SWANN MoM performance in Australia.

  • Comment number 43.

    Certainly an interesting list but then again it hasn't really been a vintage sports year for GB. Ennis will probably get my vote at this point.

  • Comment number 44.

    Not normally interested in this, and last year's choice did nothing to waken my enthusiasm, but taking the "personality" bit literally, I tuned in hoping to see the name of Amy Williams from a sport I cared little about.
    I stayed up to watch her win the gold in Vancouver and what a marvellously humble girl with an effervescent personality! She won't win but I'd love it if she did.

  • Comment number 45.

    Westwood it is. He came from a low ranking to pip the world to replace Tiger Woods can't ask much more than that

  • Comment number 46.

    Pretty poor list I would say. This competition seems to get worse each year. Last year Giggs geting it was the biggest embarrassment. He only played about half of Man Us games.

    Probably McDowell should get it as he won a major and was a key figure in Europe winning gthe ryder cup. Westwood is world no 1 but he hasnt won anything big and hes only no 1 by default as Woods had his personal problems.

  • Comment number 47.

    This is no non-contest. Whilst other contenders have had great moments, only Phil Taylor has, once again, had a great YEAR.

    When he was beaten by protege Adrian Lewis in the semi finals of the grand prix in october 2010, it was the first time he had been beaten in a televised major since the Premier League semi final in May 2009. From that point until the grand prix this year, he won all 11 televised majors - uk open, world matchplay, desert classic, euro championship, grand prix, grand slam, world championship, premier league, uk open, world matchplay, euro championship.

    In a sport which demands accuracy like no other, Taylor has redefined the parameters by which it is played, with his superhuman ability to not only hit the 'lipstick', but pick which part of it he hits.

    He broke the record for the highest televised 9-dart average for one match, with 118.66 in June at the UK Open.

    In the Premier League final this year, he became the first player in the history of the sport to hit two nine-dart finishes in one match, to take his 9-dart haul on TV to a record nine - only 26 have ever been hit on TV. His second nine-darter in the match began a sequence of 16 consecutive perfect darts (Leg 15 - T20, T20, T20; T20, T20, T20; T20, T19, D12. Leg 16 - T20, T19, T19; T20, T20, T20; T20) as he came within two darts of hitting two consecutive nine-dart finishes.

    He has hit a televised 3 dart average of greater than 115 on four occasions since June 2009 - no one else has ever hit 115 average on television.

    He is not only the sportsperson most deserving of this award, he is also one of the greatest sportspeople this country, if not the world, has ever seen, and recognition from this award ceremony is long overdue, considering that this year for Taylor is PROBABLY his best ever.

  • Comment number 48.

    I can't believe Bex Adlington is not nominated. This is a 'Personality' award, not an achievement award, or am I wrong with that?
    David Haye - Sports PERSONALITY??
    Do we have to vote for the nominees, or can we vote for the person we think is the Sports Personality of the year?
    Can we vote online?
    This fantastic evening of celebration of sport is becoming dangerously close to a media controlled farce, in my opinion. Or maybe it already is - Ryan Giggs has the personality of................

  • Comment number 49.

    Is the moderator on strike?

  • Comment number 50.

    I can't help but think that the system for selecting the top 10 nominees is flawed if this is the best list they can come up with. How about throwing the initial vote over to the public? Of course, it may not bring up the BBC/newspaper friendly faces that are usually hand picked for this award, but at least it would be representative of what the public think, and not just a bunch of editors.

  • Comment number 51.

    It has to be Taylor- which other British sportsperson ever can claim to be 15 time world champion and the greatest player to ever have graced their sport? It's amazing he's never been a front runner before, I hope it's not due to public snobbery of "darts not being a sport".
    Of course it's a sport: it requires competition and physical/technical skill (the two main criteria for sport). Archery is an Olympic sport and the only main difference between the two is that darts players actually have to go and collect their own darts from the board. So how is that so different to darts?

  • Comment number 52.

    I believe that the voting process for SPOTY is flawed. Allowing votes whilst the programme is live on-air may be great for interactivity. However, I remain to be convinced that the persons profiled early on the programme do not have an advantage over those profiled towards the end of the programme and pity the last person profiled.
    Here's a radical thought, why not change the programme to a Sports Review of the Year, reviewing the Sport rather than the Personalities. Beforehand allow the public to vote by post, e-mail, text or whatever way deemed appropriate by the BBC, for whomsoever they wish, right up until the day before the programme is due to air. During the programme announce the top 6 (in no particular order, ten is too many btw) and profile them as the programme goes through the review of the Sporting Year.
    It is possible however that this idea has been tried before, maybe even by the BBC

  • Comment number 53.

    How about adding Ian Hutchinson to the list? "Ian who?", I hear the metropolitans at the BBC ask. Well, young Hutchy won a record breaking five Isle of Man TTs this year, the first man to do so in its long history. Road racing is without doubt the most challenging and dangerous sport in the World; the Moto GP stars shudder at the thought of riding at speeds of up to 200mph on what are county lanes.
    In days gone by, winners of the TT were national heroes, and rightly so; men like Stanley Woods, Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood, etc, these days it seems that over paid footballers are the one’s we need to worship. How sad

  • Comment number 54.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 55.

    I think Tony McCoy is the only candidate that appeared on every list.What he has done over the last 15 years is truly astonishing. County Antrim should be proud to have 2 men on the final list.

  • Comment number 56.

    The only winner from that lot should be Tony McCoy. Finally winning the big one after such an amazingly successful career should put him up there.

  • Comment number 57.

    Where is Carl Froch? Absolute Disgrace he wasn't even in any of the tabloids lists. Froch has fought twice in away territory against 2 p4p fighters,
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    Really? Funny I remember Kessler being described as a no-hoper by Froch and his fans after Calzaghe beat him.

  • Comment number 58.

    It's Phil "The Power" Taylor for me!
    Phil must be the most under-rated world champion ever. Darts is a fantastic sport and Phil has dominated the sport for 20 years or so winning the world title 15 times and numerous other titles to go with it. The prize money is rubbish compared to other top sports. Phil deserves some recognition for what he has acheived in the sport. The oche can be a lonely place if you're not on your game. Phil has shown unbelievable dedication to remain at the top for so long and he has never lost his desire to succeed. The frightening thing is Phil's still got plenty left in the tank to keep going at this level for a good few more years to come. The man is a true champion!!

    Please vote PHIL

  • Comment number 59.

    The snooze fest that is sports personality. If there has to be a winner then McCoy, McDowell, Cavendish or Taylor some of the list are on the verge of a joke!

  • Comment number 60.

    Crying shame Carl Froch wasn't a last minute entry, I'd have voted for him.

    From that list? Swann's form has dropped at just the wrong time. I'd go for Westwood or Daley.

  • Comment number 61.

    20. At 8:20pm on 29 Nov 2010, Sir Harry Whitesnapp wrote:
    David Haye....are you kidding?

    He beat possibly the worst heavyweight champion ever in Valuev for the WBA title....whoops that was actually back in 2009 if you remember.

    So what has he done in 2010 to join the sporting elite...oh yes he beat John Ruiz who also gave the WBA title to Valuev in the first place (I won't get into the controversy in that decision though). However you look at it that is hardly a step up in the world.

    In fact the main talking point was his cowardly dodging of the Klitschko brothers. Obviously showed his sparkling "personality" with that t-shirt showing him holding their severed heads...one for all the family to enjoy.

    And to cement that he chose the top contender for his second defence...if only! Instead he choose a ridiculous fight against his mate Audley for lots of $$$....three rounds and probably told Audley off afterwards for throwing that one punch. Oh yeah and he reckoned he had put his money on the third round win...top class behaviour.

    The guy has never had the bravery to fight a world class heavyweight. You can talk about the lack of talent in that weight division but hasn't even fought the best of that lot.

    He will surely be rememebred as an all time great...

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    Sir Harry, you are either privvy to a lot of the behind-the-scenes negotiations that don't reach the public domain...or another one of those loud-mouths who spout off a load of garbage displaying nothing but their ignorance.

    Haye is a world champion. Only the 2nd heavyweight world champion who has previously held the cruiser-weight title.

    Modern-day boxing is cursed by it's politics (well actually, that's been a problem for boxing nearly as old as the game itself). We don't know the precise details of the negotiations but I think it's fair to say that the Klitchko's are insisting on some very stringent re-match clauses, as well as the larger share of the purse.

    Everytime Haye's stock goes up, every times he gets more publicity, it weakens their hand and makes the fight more likely. I have no doubt in my mind that Haye wants to fight them, but it has to be the right deal. That's the way it works.

    I doubt you, Sir Harry, would be willing to step through the ropes, so for you to make accusations of cowardice from behind your computer is quite pathetic.

  • Comment number 62.

    Sorry but I can't get excited about this list whatsoever and I'm usually not as cynical about SPOTY as some people on these boards. Let's be objective here, especially consider the likes of Stephen Hendry could barely get a mention over the years:

    David Haye - beats a washed up Ruiz who's well past and Harrison who punched him once in 3 rounds of fighting, both guys were close to 40 years old, anyone who knows anything about boxing will tell you that his title defences this year were as straight forward as they come.

    Lee Westwood - great golfer but his ascension to the top of the rankings had more to with Woods fall than anything, didn't win a major either.

    AP McCoy - more of a career achievement nomination than anything, as someone said above, give it to the horse if anything!

    Amy Williams - great accomplishment (and you wouldn't catch me doing 90mph head first down an ice track on a dinner tray) but come on, if she can defend her medal or win world championships consistently then yes, but can anyone say that it wasn't one off, where was Rudman in that event?

    Tom Daley - BBC constantly want to big up this guy, why don't we nominate every Commenwealth gold medalist, he didn't even have to compete against the Chinese or Russians in his event (where they usually have strong contenders). Leave him to get on with it, if he was 29 years old I doubt he'd be on this list.

    What about Chrissie Wellington, injured at the start of the year (required surgery) then goes on to defend her Kansas 70.3 title and sets a new Iron distance world record time for women in Germany by 12 minutes! Only three men ran the marathon leg faster than her, she regularly finishes in the top ten overall in Ironman races (that's top ten including all the men) and has been doing this for years now.

    Out of the list I'd have to go with Cavendish, he had to overcome adversity after a terrible start to the year (recovering from dental surgery and a horrific crash), yet produced a fantastic Tour and Vuelta and has been performing at the top of his game for a few years now. Phil Taylor also a worthy nominee, I've never really considered darts more than a glorified hobby but you have to admire his consistency and brilliance under pressure, two nine dart finishes in the same match!

  • Comment number 63.

    #21 Volcanicjabncross - I couldnt agree more

  • Comment number 64.

    Difficult one for me this year as it has not been a vintage year for British sport, hence some of the names who have made the top 10.
    The other issue is that the award is for the personality, when more correctly it should be the sportsperson, as these days there are a lack of personalities in the sporting world. If based on sporting achievement with some personality then one immediately thinks of Taylor, Cavendish and Swann.
    Swann also has the benefit that if he performs well over the next couple of Ashes matches, his name will be more familiar than most of the other contenders when it comes to the vote. The two golfers and to a lesser extent Haye have succeeded on a global stage this year and out of those three, McDowell winning a major, the ultimate goal for any golfer or tennis player should put him in pole position, backed up by his nerveless finish in the Ryder Cup.
    However, and even recognising our memories don't seem to go back very far, the winner for me should be Amy Williams for winning a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. Her sport (the skeleton) receives far less funding and media coverage than all the rest and she can't just drive down to her local track to practice in the morning. Like many I became fascinated by the Winter Olympics and to see a Brit triumphing with little of the opportunities her competitors had, and on a track that claimed the life, the ultimate sacrifice, of a male competitor shows just what a remarkable achievement her's was.
    My top 3 therefore would be Williams, McDowell and Cavendish.

  • Comment number 65.

    At last 'The Power' has got some recognition from the BBC, he should be the biggest certainty ever with his achievements, and all those other nominees know it Doubt he'll win though, don't think the Beeb would allow it

  • Comment number 66.

    I think the video does little justice to how dominant Mark Cavendish has been in the cycling world. If he is in a sprint its very likely he will come out a victor. Every team has been trying to find a way to beat him and this year given illness early season for him to become so dominant for the Tour and Vuelta is a real achievement.

    He is now putting the UK on the map along with the work of british cycling in terms of pro tour level cycling and is treated as one of the biggest sports stars on the continent. He really does deserve more recognition from the UK media.

    Phil taylor being so dominant for so long it's hard to see how he shouldn't also win. Commenwealth games medals surely don't stand up to the same level of achievement (though I could never win one) as someone who is consistantly dominating their field. David haye should have been excluded from this list on the grounds of ripping off the public with a fight he knew was a sham (as did anyone with any knowledge of boxing) vs Harrison. He hasn't even beaten the best in his weight division yet.

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  • Comment number 68.

    I really feel Phil Taylor doesn't get the recognition.

    15 times World Champion is excellent and I can't believe this hasn't been noticed before.

    If you watch him play and be interviewed hes also a great personality.




  • Comment number 69.

    Jessica Ennis or Graeme McDowell deserve it most this year.

    Both are world-beaters in truly global sports (unlike darts, horse racing, and skeleton). They've both won the highest prizes (unlike Westwood who has not won a golf major, or Cavendish who did not win the T de F or an Olympic gold, or Daley who needs an Olympic medal to truly deserve this). They've both had great years this year (unlike Swann, who needs his best year to begin right now.) Forgotten anyone? Oh yes, the boxer. Hmmmm...

    Of the two I'd go for McDowell, but then I'm a golfer.

  • Comment number 70.

    I am still trying to come to terms that I was not shortlisted!
    Probably one of the Only Britsh World Champions you have and I was not even given a free seat at the SPOTY night in Birmingham.
    Ho hum... maybe next year ;-)
    Ian Ashmeade 40th World Pea Shooting Champion.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aZ5BPbTWpY

  • Comment number 71.

    difficult to predict a winner as 2010 .. but would be nice to see Amy Williams and Jessica Ennis pick a one-two as for the rest .. pick any

  • Comment number 72.

    That is frankly the one of the worst lists i have seen for SPOTY in recent memory (2006 was another shocker). It really has been a poor year for British sport.

    The only one worthy of the award from that list is Phil Taylor. 15 times champion of the world, probably had his best year ever this year. Unfortunately the majority of the public won't see a darts player being worthy of winning the award eventhough you still have to have an incredible amount of dedication, work ethic, passion etc. to be at the top of the game and Phil Taylor has done that for 20 years.

    He has had the best year out of any of them, as well as the best career. I don't expect him to win though, the award has lost a lot of credibility in recent years and i'm not sure anyone would really care if they didn't win it.

  • Comment number 73.

    An outstanding list? Is that irony?

    You know it's bad year for sport when SPOTY contenders include a darts player and two golfers

  • Comment number 74.

    Where is Carl Froch?! David Haye would have voted for Carl Froch...shame.

  • Comment number 75.

    How is there no Chrissie Wellington this year?? She performed one of the great sporting feats this year by by breaking the womens ironman world record by about 20 minutes and yet she's not on the list! Why is she not being recognised in this forum for such an incredible performance?

  • Comment number 76.

    Glad there isn't another football 'legend' in there to hoover up all votes. Nothing againsr Ryan Giggs - great player - but he was not sportsman of the year 2009. Sensible BBC with that list (and nice to get Ryan involved in reading it out). For - biased cricket and boxing fan - me, I'd choose Graeme Swann - what a cricketer - over David Haye - messed it up with that Audley fight - but I think McDowell probably should and will win. He actually won a major and sank the putt that won the Ryder Cup. That's real achievement

  • Comment number 77.

    Sir Harry, you are either privvy to a lot of the behind-the-scenes negotiations that don't reach the public domain...or another one of those loud-mouths who spout off a load of garbage displaying nothing but their ignorance.

    Haye is a world champion. Only the 2nd heavyweight world champion who has previously held the cruiser-weight title.

    Modern-day boxing is cursed by it's politics (well actually, that's been a problem for boxing nearly as old as the game itself). We don't know the precise details of the negotiations but I think it's fair to say that the Klitchko's are insisting on some very stringent re-match clauses, as well as the larger share of the purse.

    Everytime Haye's stock goes up, every times he gets more publicity, it weakens their hand and makes the fight more likely. I have no doubt in my mind that Haye wants to fight them, but it has to be the right deal. That's the way it works.

    I doubt you, Sir Harry, would be willing to step through the ropes, so for you to make accusations of cowardice from behind your computer is quite pathetic.
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    @61 Brandyrecovery

    I think you'll find he's waiting for the Klitchkos to age so he has half a chance. If you want to be remembered as the best you fight the best in something like their prime. What the contract says shouludn't matter if you believe in creating a legacy...if you can beat them once you can beat them twice.

    Haye's team reckon that he should have 50% and write the contract his way. He's done very little to show he deserves anything like that kind of parity in my opinion.

    Haye has also said that he's planning two more fights and retirement so will never be considered in the same breath as the greats.

    I step between the ropes every week in training, fought plenty of amateur bouts and been a boxing fan all my life so don't question my credentials to comment on this.

  • Comment number 78.

    Should Zoo's list really be allowed to be considered? Not only have they put Audley Harrison in their top 10 but they've also gone for Dider Drogba who can't be considered on the simple basis that he isn't British. If they don't even understand what the rules are for the competition how can their list be included? I doubt it would have affected the top 10 if you discounted them but why ask a publication for their opinion when they include ridiculous choices like that.

    Onto the final 10 then and this is a very close one, no real stand out performances I don't think but I hope it goes to Williams, Westwood or McDowell. All 3 have had terrific years and any one of them would deserve it.

  • Comment number 79.

    Agree with you on a lot of points #64, forgot to mention Cavendish and his excellent form in the Tour.

    Point #65 I'd agree that Taylor should be up there and it's a shame he's not but I don't see how it's the BBC's fault seeing as it's the public who vote for the winner. If darts was more mainstream he'd get more recognition and more people would vote but I don't see what the BBC have done wrong.

  • Comment number 80.

    Wot about Ann Widdecombe?

  • Comment number 81.

    Phil Taylor should win but all the others are from middle class sports so yet again Taylor who if a middle class athlete had his record they would have had a knighthood by now will be ignored .

  • Comment number 82.

    Unlike some I'm pleased that motor racing has been left off this years list of sports.If you consider the numbers involved and the relative success of the UK in their sports there has been just 1 previous winner from rugby and snooker, 2 golfers and only 5 footballers. Compare this with 5 boxers (who at least do most of the work themselves), and 7 formula one drivers (who rely on multi million pound teams and only win if they are part of a select few).
    So come on the under represented. Cav or Phil, even young Daly but I'd rather athletics went up to 18 winners and Jessica got her reward for doing 7 sports at once!

  • Comment number 83.

    "19. At 8:19pm on 29 Nov 2010, Kaini Industries wrote:
    Incorporating the BBC Pub Games Personality of the Year award?"

    Middle class snobbery rears its ugly head . More people watch and play darts than run round tracks and jump off diving boards, but because darts is a working class sport unlike athletics, its dismissed.

  • Comment number 84.

    It is sports personality of the year. If we are going on achievment and personality it has to be swanny!

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  • Comment number 86.

    No Mo Farah!? Totally ridiculous! 5 and 10k double at the Europeans and the first Brit ever under 13 mins for 5k, beating Moorcroft's ancient record. Is RON an option?

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  • Comment number 88.

    27. At 8:56pm on 29 Nov 2010, f1tevaldo wrote:
    Nobody from football or Formula1 means this is going to be the least watched show in years. Couldn't care less who wins.

    ......................................................................

    Pity lewis or Jenson didnt do the business this year, but thank the Lord that none of the overpaid,undertalented ,pampered princessess from the premier league are going to be represented.
    Make it a far more watchable show imho. I should imagine the viewing figures will go through the roof as the public have finally seen through the footballers, particularly after the pathetic show England put on this summer..

  • Comment number 89.

    Tony McCoy has this in the bag.

    Mark Cavendish - who?
    Tom Daley - no achievements
    Jessica Ennis - great achievements but nothing special
    David Haye - not the best in the world
    Graeme McDowell - won the US open, nothing special
    Graeme Swann - nominated for what?
    Phil Taylor - top of his profession but who challenges him?
    Lee Westwood - world number 1 but not as good as Kaymet
    Amy Williams - first brit to win a winter gold, not first person

    If I'm honest the above is a list of great sportsmen and women, but the only world class one is AP McCoy. Racings most sucessful jockey of all time, and he has won everything.

  • Comment number 90.

    For me it has be Graeme McDowell, the first European since 1970 to win the US open, 6 wins on the European tour, 2nd in the Race to Dubai and key member of the European Ryder Cup team holeing the winning putt. But I guess what goes against him his all that was achieved on SKY and the vast majority of SPOTY voters won't have seen him play this year.

    I guess that would be the argument against David Haye, Phil Taylor, Lee Westwood and Graeme Swann. So I would expect McCoy to win it.

    With so little top quality sport shown on the BBC these days it seems a little ironic that they have a programme dedicated to the years top sportsperson.

    Overseas-wise (do they still have that?) it has to Martin Kaymer or Sebastian Vettel.

  • Comment number 91.

    Phil Taylor? Since when was darts a sport?

  • Comment number 92.

    Sports Personality of The Year?!!

    Don't make me laugh; many of the past winners have been completely devoid of a personality.

    Easy television and an opportunity for a bit of glad-handing. I'll be watching something else, thank you.

  • Comment number 93.

    I thinks it's a real shame the BBC aren't recognising the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) either on the bbc web site or SPOTY.. MMMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the UFC (ultimate fighting Championship)pay per view events are broadcast in nearly 150 countries worldwide.
    Michael Bisping is arguably Britain's most successful MMA fighter and is ranked as a top middleweight contender, his fights over the last 3 or 4 years have been watched by more people than any of our boxers.
    Matt Hardy recently lost a decision in a welterweight title fight to Georges saint Pierre. GSP wins the Canadian version of SPOTY every year and is regarded one of the finest pound for pound fighters in the world.
    I find it quiet remarkable the BBC has not reconsigned the sport of MMA and in doing so misses out on so many potential new visitors to their website and voters for SPOTY.

    Good luck to all the shortlist for this years SPOTY.. going to be very close!

  • Comment number 94.

    Westwood, Swann or Ennis.

    As a cricket fan i'd prefer Swann to win it for how much he's done for the side but as long as it isn't Haye I'll be satisfied. What a joke of a selection.

  • Comment number 95.

    It is a bit disappointing to see that noone from Britain's most successful sport - rowing - have been nominated.

    In 2010, Great Britain won the overall points table at the World Championships in New Zealand.

    The stand-out performance came from Scotland's Katherine Grainger who won 5 gold medals throughout the season at the world cup series events. With partner Anna Watkins, they then won the women's double sculls at the World Championships by an incredible 6 seconds.

    If that isn't worthy of a nomination, then I don't know what is...!

  • Comment number 96.

    Not even a mention of 3 time IndyCar & 2 time Indy 500 Champion Dario Franchitti?

    A disgrace.

  • Comment number 97.

    Best of the list for personality & achievement has to be Mark Cavendish. Given the global nature of the professional peleton his achievements in the Grand Tours are astonishing.

    Darts isn't a sport so Taylor shouldn't be there.

    i agree witht he general view that Haye hasn't really been challenged and would be an undeserving winner. Jessica Ennis goes from strength to strength after her recovery from injury and rebuilding her whole jumping technique and would be a worthy winner. Real shame for Mo Farah who deserved a nomination at least.

    Nominees like Amy Williams and Tom Daley have had great success but not as easy to compare against others who perform over a significant number of events.

    The biggest shame of all however, is to echo the post above regarding the shocking omission of mountain bikers given the dominance of British riders, particularly in the downhill category, who have stormed the world this year. Never mind Gee Atherton's fabulous world cup overall - did you see his run at Red Bull Rampage???

  • Comment number 98.

    Phil Taylor gets my vote

  • Comment number 99.

    Cavendish should so not be there! I think we know why. Alison Williamson and Jes Ennis should win because they are gorgeous:->

  • Comment number 100.

    Knocking Tiger off number one spot he's occupied for umpteen years now has to put Westwood in a good position. i get the feeling David Haye will do well despite the heavyweight division not exactly sparkling with top competition for him and the poor display of Harrison shouldnt be used as a milestone of sucess. Others may have done well but for me Westwood or Phil taylor are the top sportspeople in there for their continued success. Only time will tell who will get it though...close race this year.

 

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