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Hello from the LG Arena in Birmingham which is host to the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year - BBC One, 1900 GMT.

There are eight awards which will be presented on the night, the last of which will be the coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year prize.

Last year the main prize was won by Manchester United player Ryan Giggs.

This year 10 go head-to-head and you'll be able to vote for your favourite once the phone lines open during the show.

The 10 are (in alphabetical order): Mark Cavendish, Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis, David Haye, AP McCoy, Graeme McDowell, Graeme Swann, Phil Taylor, Lee Westwood and Amy Williams.

Other awards to be presented on the night include: Helen Rollason Award, Young Sports Personality, Sports Unsung Hero, Team of the Year, Overseas Personality, Coach of the Year and Lifetime Achievement which has been awarded to footballer David Beckham.

There will be live text commentary provided by yours truly at www.bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality where you'll also be able to watch live coverage too. Further coverage will be on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 GMT.

What a day! And afterwards you've got The Apprentice.

Debate away.

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posted Dec 20, 2010

Did anyone else struggle to get through when voting. I checked my call history after the show and had 18 calls from 7.30ish to the SPOTY number for Swann but only got through to register a vote twice. The number of votes he got though doesn't tally with my experience.

Do they only have say 1000 lines in, and the end number is like when you ring an office and know the extension you want. So doesn't matter which extension you ring you've taken up one of the 1000 lines.

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posted Dec 20, 2010

The blinkered views of the sporting fan in Britain - if you'll excuse the racing pun - voted McCoy the winner. He is a fantastic jockey but he competes in a sport where he owes as much to his horse as anything else. Ha can pick his rides so will always be on a horse with a chance. He is also competing in a VERY small arena, basically UK and Ireland. The achievements of Mark Cavendish are truly world class (in the real sense, not the overused hyperbole of excitale commentators)and Jessica Ennis' achievements were superb in the athletics world. Either of them would have been far more deserving.

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posted Dec 20, 2010


Now everyone's cooled down a bit you can look at SPOTY from a clearer perspective.

First off it was a show, not an awards ceremony.... hence Beckham being given the 'lifetime achievement' acolade. If you look at the contenders for the big prize I would wager more than half the viewers would struggle to recognise most of them.

And AP McCoy won by a surprisingly overwhelming margin so there is little doubt he deserved it. As to people saying he just sits on a horse jump jockeys are just as much sportsmen as racing drivers.

What a shame that in the crowd was a man who would really have been deserving of receiving the lifetime achievement award for his far greater contribution to his sport..... Jackie Stewart.

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posted Dec 20, 2010

Re. marsman (U14327249)
posted 14 Hours Ago

Just think what awards Beckham will win when he proves something in a major tournament.

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You mean like the Champions League? Or the FA Cup?

Personally I think Beckham's award was crazy, and simply the BBC mistakenly chasing after popularity; maybe one day he will deserve such an award, nut not yet.

I've never been his greatest fan, and always rated Giggs and Scholes way above him (as did European managers and teams!), but to claim that he is not a real sportsman or that he hasn't worked for his success, etc, is just ridiculous. Yes there's been too much hype, and yes he has a great PR machine - but he does work hard at his game, trains hard, gives everything, and has a fair amount of skill too.

So let's be realistic. huh?

McCoy - great choice.

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comment by C2G (U14655498)

posted Dec 20, 2010

Re. souter38 (U13078215)
posted 1 Hour Ago

The blinkered views of the sporting fan in Britain - if you'll excuse the racing pun - voted McCoy the winner. He is a fantastic jockey but he competes in a sport where he owes as much to his horse as anything else. Ha can pick his rides so will always be on a horse with a chance. He is also competing in a VERY small arena, basically UK and Ireland. The achievements of Mark Cavendish are truly world class (in the real sense, not the overused hyperbole of excitale commentators)and Jessica Ennis' achievements were superb in the athletics world. Either of them would have been far more deserving.

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Well, that knocks out every team player - in football they depend on about 15 or 16 other players. Cavendish depends on his bike and whoever makes it and designs it.

The sport IS riding a horse: it isn't racing using a horse as an extra aid. The point is that within that sport his is supreme at riding in races.

I think you've simply misunderstoodn the nature of the sport.

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posted Dec 20, 2010

MUFC 1902- If you can't see the difference between the 2, there is no point in carrying on this discussion. Go back to your fanboy Beckham adoration.

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posted Dec 20, 2010

liongeorge01 (U3343379)
posted 1 Minute Ago

MUFC 1902- If you can't see the difference between the 2, there is no point in carrying on this discussion. Go back to your fanboy Beckham adoration.

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Ah, there's nothing like reasoned argument. And that, indeed, IS nothing like reasoned argumetn.

You missed out 'nananana', one of Bertrand Russell's favourite ploys.

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posted Dec 20, 2010

liongeorge01 (U3343379)

The phrase "go back to your fanboy Beckham adoration" implies I had previously participated in the adoration. Which I haven't, and I'm not sure what you were basing it on other than the fact I made comments which clearly hurt your feelings in regards to both McCoy and Phillips riding a horse as a part of their sport.

Here's a tip, free of charge : try getting your facts right in the future, this way you won't look like an idiot. <ok>

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posted Dec 20, 2010

So let's be realistic. huh?

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yes, lets be "realistic". This is a man who at the same age when elite footballers of the past have been dominating their sport at the highest level, realised he couldnt cop it after repeated failures at madrid and chose to chase the $ to become a full-time celebrity in Los Angeles. He hasnt even proved anything in that league, even in the MLS hes essentially a non-entity. He was so patently the weakest link of the entire 22 players on the park when United and Milan met while he was on loan there for commercial motives and you mentioned the CL? Would that be the CL that Beckham failed in not once but in 4 seasons at the CL most sauccessful club, failed miserbaly with Milan while he was there and even with United, only had 1 successful year where he sunk without trace v Juventus in the semis and was totally humiliated when charged with playing in the middle v Bayern in the final? Yes mate, that CL. Oh im sure to be sure "becks" had a "grea FA Cup" one year, cor well done to the "worlds most famous footballer" indeed. One word is all thats needed to describe the circus around this fraud of our game and its F A R C E which was fully achieved once again last night by the shameless BBC in their pursuit of ratings.

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