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Strong line up for Sports Personality

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Carl Doran | 17:27 UK time, Monday, 30 November 2009

On Monday night we announced the top 10 contenders for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year during the One Show.

I think you'll agree it's an outstanding list and underlines what an exceptional year it has been for British sport. Overall there are nine sports represented and for the first time since Steven Gerrard in 2005 we have a footballer on the list in Ryan Giggs.

You only have to look at those who just missed out like Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton, Tony McCoy and Andrew Flintoff to see how strong the line-up is. British sport is in tremendous shape as we get closer to 2012.

Sports Personality of the Year 2009 top 10 contenders
Over the next two weeks we will be featuring the top 10 in detail across the BBC Sport website and red button, 5 live and The One Show and we will also have a special preview programme on the contenders which will go out on BBC1 at 2245 GMT on Wednesday 2 December.

The show will be a great watch for the whole family with stars such as James Corden, Melanie Chisholm, Denise Lewis, and Patrick Kielty lending their individual support for our contenders.

Only you the British public, however, will decide the winner with a live vote on the night during the show.

There will be no judges involved - it is purely your decision. That brings me nicely to the news that this year Sports Personality will clash with the X Factor final for 90 minutes. I find this hugely disappointing.

Both shows are similar in the sense that they attract big family audiences and are seen as two of the main television events of the year.

My children love both shows and it's a huge shame that they will have to choose. Both are live events and a big part of the excitement is lost by watching a recording.

My children have promised me that they'll stay loyal to their dad and watch Sports Personality, but it's a shame they have to choose and so many households may be split down the middle on Sunday 13 December. A pity when so few programmes these days bring the family together like SPOTY and the X Factor.

For our part SPOTY has a long tradition in the Sunday evening slot and as a big public ticketing event we've been unable to move the date and time.

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So is it worth missing Simon Cowell and his wannabes? Definitely.
We have the real thing with 10 stars at the top of their sport challenging for "the biggest prize in sport" as Sir Chris Hoy said so eloquently last year.

We've our best ever line-up and some amazing surprises for our biggest ever show in front of 11,000 people at the Sheffield Arena.

We have some very special awards that are likely to bring the house down, in particular our Lifetime Achievement Award which will honour a true world superstar.

There'll also be live performances, surprise appearances and the greatest collection of sporting talent you're likely to see in one place. Not forgetting one of the closest races for the main award for years.

The 56th Sports Personality of the Year will celebrate the very best of British sport and give you the chance to decide who really has the X Factor.


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  • Comment number 1.

    "For our part SPOTY has a long tradition in the 1900 - 2100 GMT Sunday night slot...."

    Wrong. Let me see...

    2000 - 19:00 to 21:15
    2001 - 20:00 to 22:10
    2002 - 20:00 to 22:15
    2003 - 20:00 to 22:15
    2004 - 20:00 to 22:15
    2005 - 20:00 to 22:00
    2006 - 19:00 to 21:00
    2007 - 19:00 to 21:15
    2008 - 19:00 to 21:15

    'a long tradition' - que? The above list disproves that point completely. There was nothing stopping BBC moving the show so it was on from 20:00 to 22:00 so the public could see the reveal for both shows, but no.

    The only reason it can't be moved is because of Small Island - although BBC schedulers should have thought that by moving Small Island forward a week (instead of having a lazy New Tricks repeat) meaning it'd finish on 6th December and as thus meaning SPOTY would slot in nicely @ 8pm.

    But no...

  • Comment number 2.

    BBC Sports personality nominations.
    Shame on all those Newspaper Sports Editors and so-called Sports Magazine experts that there are only 6 nominations out of a possible 28 for A.P. McCoy, the finest Jump Jockey of this or any other generation.
    He has broken evry single record in the book and yet receives no national recognition for his efforts, whereas we see the same old faces nominated every year, especially from the world of cricket and football.
    Maybe they are saving it up for when he finally wins the Grand National, the only notable race he has never won.

  • Comment number 3.

    Will there be a list of all the Top 10 lists made by the various people involved in selecting the final 10, as there has been for the past couple of years?

  • Comment number 4.

    What's going on...what does Chrissie Wellington have to do to get some BBC recognition?! Please at least have some reference to triathlon on the show after her and Alistair Brownlee's efforts particularly in 2009, as well as Jodie Swallow, Julie Dibbens and our junior world champs as well.

  • Comment number 5.

    Before you whinge about your favourite not being among the final ten nominees, don't blame the BBC because it isn't their fault. The BBC have told you who the 26 organisations are who nominate the final ten, and how they voted. If you're a fan of tenth-equal Andrew Flintoff who was squeezed out by Tom Daley by some unknown tie-breaker, or twelfth-placed Bradley Wiggins or thirteenth-placed Wayne Rooney, or joint-eighteenth-placed Christine Wellington, or joint-eighteenth-placed Phil Taylor, or, or, or, then it's really not the BBC's fault - it's the voters' fault!

  • Comment number 6.

    Firstly let me begin by saying that I can't wait for the 2009 instalment of the BBC's Sports Personality Of The Year Award, not only because it's one of the very few TV programmes I anticipate annually, but because it is to be held in my home city of Sheffield, and therefore I'm a proud ticket holder for Sunday the 13th at the Arena.

    However I'm a bit dismayed that the need is felt to publicise the presence of non sportsmen as part of the "show", so as to woo the viewership of some. After all it is an sporting awards evening so it's always going to be tricky to reach non sports fans. While I accept that it's been done before, such as when Elton John presented the main award to Torville & Dean back in 1984, there has generally been a good reason, I trust that by a week on Sunday the BBC will have done this once again. However I do feel that acts to create a "show" by sportsmen will be more well remembered than by a stand up comic, with the best example of recent years being James Toseland's exploits on the piano, which prior to SPOTY was unknown outside of the motorcycling world, and South Yorkshire of course!

    Finally, why is the BBC worried about what other broadcasters are scheduling against SPOTY? Surely this is what video recorders, DVDs and now the iPlayer were invented for in the first place!

  • Comment number 7.

    Well, I expect there will be no surprise result this year. Ryan Giggs is bound to win regardless, simply because of the number of Man United fans there are, all of whom will vote for him. Not much point in watching now!

  • Comment number 8.

    Did you proof read your typing:

    "see how strong the line-up it is. British sport is tremendous shape as we get closer to 2012."

  • Comment number 9.

    Pretty much what I'd reckoned it would be with the exception of Ryan Giggs. It strikes me as similar to those time-served knighthoods high ranking civil servants get.

    I'd have found space for Bradley Wiggins instead. He's a different type of cyclist to Mark Cavendish but his achievements in the Le Tour was every bit as good as Cav's.

    And looking through the nominations, I'm astonished that our 2 swimming World Champions only merited 1 mention between them. Could our friends in Fleet Street and beyond have over-celebrated Tom Daley's Gold Medal by any chance?

  • Comment number 10.

    Sorry, I meant 3 swimming World Champions.

  • Comment number 11.

    Its a shame that they are both on at the same time, Does x-factor really need to spread the final over two nights, I will be supporting are sports stars who have done us proud this year, Jenson Button for the spoty !

  • Comment number 12.

    This has got to be a joke... Haye wins by absolutley miles...

  • Comment number 13.

    I think that this show has had its day. As a kid, it was one of the highlights of the year, but that was in the days before saturation coverage of sports. The BBC carries so little decent sport these days that it's time that this show was shunted into the sidings.

  • Comment number 14.

    The fact that Tony McCoy is continually ignored by your programme is a disgrace. The man has won 14 consecutive NH Jockeys Titles. This year he rode his 3000 th winner and yet he is not nominated. We do have the all time greats like "Beth Tweddle", Jesica Ennis, David Haye and Phillips Idowu. The first three have been on the scene for "5 minutes" and no doubt will disappear as quickly. Apart from earning boat loads of cash what has Ryan Giggs personally achieved on his own?

    The programme is losing creditability and would be better off on ITV scheduled between Coronation Street and the Bill with a phone in to complete the "Professional Approach".

    The omission of Tony McCoy is in line with BBC's policy of abandoning racing and it now only cherry picks the main meetings Royal Ascot, The Derby and the National.

    Horse Racing has a strong following and I hope they boycott the Programme as a protest.

  • Comment number 15.

    I've just read all of the nominations by the newspapers for SPOTY. Not one of them has suggested Lee Westwood!
    Here's a guy who went from Number 1 in Europe, to be ranked 251 in the world and this year finishing his rise back again by winning the Dubai Championships AND the Race To Dubai (the old Order of Merit) thereby rising back to 4 in the world.
    If finishing in the top 3 in two majors as well this year and moving up 247 places in the world rankings AND finishing 1 in Europe doesn't merit even a nomination, then shame on the BBC. I'll be watching X-Factor instead - at least you know that doesn't pretend to be fixed!

  • Comment number 16.

    I think you're Sky-ing things up a bit here! The line-up is inevitably pretty lean after last year's Olympic-dominated nominations. And we all know who the winner is going to be: JB. Still looking forward to the show enormously. Heaps better than X-Factor any day!

  • Comment number 17.

    "There'll be no judges involved - it is purely your decision. That brings me nicely to the news that this year Sports Personality will clash with the X Factor final for 90 minutes . I find this hugely disappointing."

    Given that the BBC tried to use Strictly Come Dancing to instigate a ratings war earlier in the year you only have your BBC colleagues to blame if ITV don't fancy giving you a free pass.

    But you could see this as an opportunity, with those looking for lowest-common-denominator light entertainment being catered for by another channel you could return the show to being a sporting review of the year and drop all the pseudo-celebrity twaddle and 'arty' editing of what sport you can be bothered to show.

  • Comment number 18.

    My vote will be for David Haye.

    He's got both attributes - success in his field as the first British heavyweight title holder for the last 5 years and an actual personality.

  • Comment number 19.

    " So is it worth missing Simon Cowell and his wannabes? Definitely. "


    You made your point but no need to advertise yourself on here. In a Sports blog I feel that most people reading this will be tuning in for SPOTY so steer clear of the 'our show's better than your show' banter.

    As you said earlier on your blog, " There will be no judges involved - it is purely your decision. "

  • Comment number 20.

    Q - Who is Britain's greatest ever Sportsman ?

    A - Phil "The Power" Taylor

    During 2009 he has won every single ranking tournament, and routinely has tournament averages of 115+ which is outstanding. He is also 14 times world champion (which is probably more than the 10 candidates combined) at a sport which he has dominated for 20+ years now

    How on earth is he not listed as one of the candidates ?

    David Haye - whilst not belittling becoming a world champion, it was 1 fight and a narrow points victory at that.

    Just for that - I'll be watching the X-Factor final

    This is a shocking turn of events (although not realy shocked more surprised that each year he's omitted from the list)

  • Comment number 21.

    Re jiggery_pokery's comments : Tom Daley & Andy Flintoff both pooled 10 votes. In the interest of transparency & fairness could the BBC explain why Tom is on the list (deservedly so) & Andy isn't (undeservedly so)?

  • Comment number 22.

    SPOTY has always been on out families must see, but after last year when it became an entertainment show, as opposed to a celebration of sporting achievements througout the year, we thought we would give it one more go before binning it. Sadly, it seems last years formula is to be followed. By using non sports people such as James Corden to sell the event, it is losing all sight of it's rationale and tradition. What we loved were watching the highlights and lowlights of the year, not a gimic where cyclists (albeit wonderful cyclists) fill time in by trying to negotiate a ramp!

    The final straw is setting it off against X Factor, whilst not a fan of the cynical, transparent manipulation of Mr. Cowell, my three teeenagers will vote with their feet/my remote, so our cesicion is made. Is it really that difficult dor the BBC to swallow their pride and pay Sky et al for the highlights they cover?

  • Comment number 23.

    hat are Idowu, Hayes and Strauss in there for? And Giggs, yes long term but not a personality. I suppose Haye is one, but achievements?

  • Comment number 24.


    Hayes - World Champion
    Idowu - World Champion
    Strauss - Won the Ashes.

    That's what they're there for!

    Although, it's got to be JB for me!

  • Comment number 25.

    On my post on proof reading, you picked one error up but not the other one, it wasn't meant to be a test:

    "to see how strong the line-up it is."

  • Comment number 26.

    Where's Chrissie Wellington, I mean three times Ironman World Champion, and she actually has personality!
    Beating a 17 year old course record in Kona, she broke the world record for long distance triathlon this year too. In what is considered to be the most gruelling single day event in the world!

    Not to mention Wiggo, 4th in one the most gruelling events in the world, a three time Olympic champion, then shows true champion quality, moves into multi-stage racing to come 4th in the Tour, and he doesn't even make it on the list.

    We also produced the youngest sailor in history to circumnavigate the globe, at 17.

    Some of these are almost are highly dubious. As an ironman athlete and ordinary man in all other aspects I completely understand the level of commitment these people give. But Strauss hardly had a stella performance in the Ashes. Ryan Giggs has only just scored 100 goals for Utd. Andrew Murray still hasn't won anything significant.

    Alistair Brownlee, not even a mention?!

  • Comment number 27.

    Yet again the most dominant sportsman in the country has been overlooked. His dedication, determination, proffessionalism and sheer consistant brilliance at the top level has proven he should go down as one of the greatest in the worl of sport. No less than 14 times world champion and winner of every grand slam event in darts! A record that will never be beaten and legacy that will not be equalled. How this man has been snubbed yet again is beyond explanation and beggars belief that his achievements can go unrecognised for so long. What a disgrace and shame on our sports community for this omission. Maybe the people in the industry are waiting another year until he reaches his 15th world title before finally giving him the top slot or presenting him the lifetime achievement award!?

  • Comment number 28.

    Got to be Andrew Strauss for me. In terms of things worth winning won, the Ashes cruises ahead of everything else bar the World Heavyweight Championship and - impressive as Haye's win was, I can't vote for one fight where Haye - really - should not have had many problems. Valuev is a lousy fighter, who can't punch properly and wins his bouts by leaning on people until their legs give way. He's not fought anyone who can box and Haye - for all his trash-talking and dropped left hand - can box. If Haye beats a Klitschko next year - and Murray fails to win a grand slam - then he should get it. As is, Andrew Strauss showed disciplined, aggressive captaincy and was England's best batsman in a series where we beat the Aussies.

    Don't care about Jensen Button. He had the best car. Big whoop.

  • Comment number 29.


    You ask the question why Tony McCoy has not been nominated for the SPOTY award and I agree with you he should be in the top ten. However, you then go onto ask what Ryan Giggs has won on his own. I don't know whether you realise but Tony McCoy actually needs a horse to win races so he hasn't done it on his own either.

  • Comment number 30.

    #23 Derek
    Have you been on mars much this year?
    You ask what Haye, Strauss and Idowu have done?!

    Also, does anybody know of a list of number of votes received?
    I've seen the lists from the various newspapers but would like to see the results of those lists pooled together?

    Finally, Im also wondering why Flintoff missed out but Daley is in when they seem to have the same number of nominations.

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  • Comment number 32.

    How can Phil Taylor be overlooked again?
    The man has been the best in his sport for the best part of a decade and is only getting better.
    Winning every main tournament he has played in this year says it all.

  • Comment number 33.

    For me SPOTY should be reserved for sportmen/sportswomen, who have acheived the highest possible level in their chosen field. As a minimum, this would be world champ, olympic champ for individuals. From the shortlist, surely Jensen Button is nailed on the win. There are always going to be ommissions from minority sports, such as darts, mountain biking, horse-racing etc (although I struggle to get excited about any sport, which relies on animals and wouldn't even exist if not for betting). My vote would've gone to Alistair Brownlee, who cleaned up in every race on the World Triathlon World Cup Series and won the World Champs. This is in a sport, which is very much on the up and is extremely well contested by fine athletes from around the world.

  • Comment number 34.

    Ross Brawn isn't a coach really. Not at all actually.

  • Comment number 35.

    The sports men & women have all worked very hard, but imo there is no outstanding person in this years nominations. The only person that may have gone the extra-mile towards success is David Haye, but boxers have had a difficult run in winning this award and with just one fight this year i doubt his chances of winning

  • Comment number 36.

    Tony McCoy and Bradley Wiggins are glaring omissions. McCoy has rightly been lauded for breaking all sorts of jump records. To be the best in your sport for years and years and not be recognised even in the top 10 running of SPOTY is galling. As for Wiggins, his achievements in losing body weight to drop to Tour de France, then finish an incredible 4th is amazing following his Olympic feats. He wants to continue Le Tour and I've no doubt he will gain a podium finish or dare I say it challenge for the overall yellow jersey one day. And his commitment to come back and do London 2012 too surely merits him a place above the likes of Tom Daley, who has the chance to shine in years to come?

  • Comment number 37.

    Re Phil Taylor - "is darts a sport ?" is the question/issue there !!

  • Comment number 38.

    I would say that any 14 times champion of the world deserves recognition, Phil 'the power' Taylor gets my vote, any other sport bar darts and he would already have won it......!!!!

  • Comment number 39.

    IMO the whole event is totally overhyped now.

    Since it started taking place in a massive arena, instead of the small, invited audience, it all seems way over the top.

    I don't care who wins at all. Winning this award is nothing to do with whether you are the best at your sport or not.

    It's nonsense and a waste of money.

  • Comment number 40.

    Jenson Button- F1 world champion (from previous relative obscurity)
    David Haye - boxing heavyweight world champion beating a guy who was approximately 12 feet tall to get it
    Mark Cavendish - amazing achievements this year in sprint cycling (though did not win the green jersey)
    Phillips Idowu- Triple jump world champion
    Tom Daley- Diving world champion at 15
    Andy Murray- career high of world number 2 and multiple tournament victories against arguably the most competitive field in the history of mens tennis.
    Jessica Ennis- Heptathlon world champion
    Andrew Strauss- Lead England to Ashes
    Ryan Giggs- Sustained excellence at the top end of the countries national sport. Paulo Maldini of British football. Until now not had the acclaim he deserves
    Beth Tweedle- World championship Gold medal holder in Gymnastics for floor routine

    In summary- what a line up. To say any of these people have not performed well enough this year to earn their place in the SPOTY short list is simply not true. However, given that UK is enjoying a rich vein of sporting success at present there are always going to be disappointing omissions. These include (in my opinion) the following:

    Tony McCoy
    Bradley Wiggins
    Phil 'the power' Taylor
    Brian O'Driscoll - Captained irelands First 6 nations success in 25 odd years and prominent on that amazing and unlucky Lions touring squad of the summer.

    Brawn GP for team of the year.

    The other bits I haven't really decided on yet. Can't wait for SPOTY.

    PS The X-factor can (put politely) get lost

  • Comment number 41.

    I think the BBC SPOY short list says more about the editors whose votes effectively compiled it rather than the BBC who have just followed like the proverbial sheep.

    Newspaper sales are at an all-time low and continuing to plummet. Why? Easy, because editors deluge us with what they think is popular and not what IS popular.

    That accounts for the presence of Giggs and Haye, neither of whom are deserving of the award although Haye has a lively personality unlike Giggs.

    These editors fawn over football, cricket, motor racing, boxing even yet consistently ignore or consign to a small paragraph tucked away inside.

    Button's success is dependent totally on which car he drives. Best car = best driver. simples. Haye had one fight, did very well but hasn't won THE title yet. Giggs was a great player but has done nothing in 2009 and has no personality to talk of. Same is true of Andy Murray. Daley and Tweddle are in minority sports dependent on kindly judges for success. Cavendish, Ennis, Idowu are genuine candidates but the person who should be the real winner isn't even there.

    McCoy and Wiggins should be as well but the most glaring omission has to be Phil Taylor. 14 time champion of the world who has won every single televised tournament in 2009 with stunning performances which don't rely on judges for success.

    Darts IS a true head-to-head sport and unless those so-called newspaper editors recognise that along with a massive reduction in the amount of football in their papers, sales will continue to drop until they all have to close.

    Then they'll blame anyone except the real culprits, their own editors who make these kind of crazy decisions

  • Comment number 42.

    I just want to echo many other peoples point.

    How on Earth can Phil Taylor be overlooked again???

    And as for going up against the final X-Factor that is just plain stupid!!!

  • Comment number 43.

    McCoy and Taylor have been recognised by being finalists before.

  • Comment number 44.

    Yet again the Snooker players are ignored. It sickens me that they get overlooked.

    John Higgins is one of the best looking characters in the game and ooozes bant. Why overlook him?

    After Nigel Bond being overlooked in the 90s I was sure that John Higgins would feature this year

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  • Comment number 46.


    Think Usain Bolt might be a shoo in for overseas!!

  • Comment number 47.

    I thought SPoTY was all about recognising the best acheivements of the year. So why are Giggs, who has done nothing, and Murrary who hasn't won a grand slam yet doing on the list. I would have had one of Clare Taylor or Charlotte Edwards on the list for all they've done for Women's Cricket this year, World Cup, World T20 and the Ashes. Also why no Amir Khan or Carl Froch, they're World Champions who have had their best year. Look what Froch did to Taylor!

    For those people wondering why Daley was nominated over Flintoff is because in case of a tie there is a judging panel of past winners who decide who should go through in case of a tie. You have to read the rules to see what I mean.

    Finally I think this years award is a straight shoot out between three people, Button, Haye and Ennis. I think Button will win with Haye coming a close second. All three are the most deserving of this years crown but if you look at the acheivement of Button, not having a car 3 weeks before the start of the season, winning the first six out of seven races and holding of Vettel and Barrichello to win the title in Brawn GP's first year. Nothing short of magical.

  • Comment number 48.

    No Catriona Matthew!! A British Open Golfing Champion, we don't grow these on trees. Shame on you BBC. I used to watch spoty all the time but i suspect that like last year i'll be giving it another miss. Just paid my TV licence today - why!?

  • Comment number 49.

    er, I don't mean to poke holes at the show or anything. but Andy Murray doesn't actually have a personality!!! And Tom Daley.......really????!!!!

    All I will say is that I hope people actually vote on personality, not sporting accomplishments.

  • Comment number 50.

    Before you blow a fuse or get frustrated at a lack of recognition for your favourite sport, take a step back and accept the show for what it is - just another awards show, but unlike the Oscars, not judged objectively on a level playing field, but simply a popularity contest much like I'm a Celebrity.

    Yes it used to be a big occasion back in the 60s, but now that there are dozens of channels, and we can all see that you aren't comparing apples with apples, surely it's only the die-hard vote-happy TV couch potatoes who take the results seriously.

    Unfortunately my choice Tony McCoy who transcends jump racing as its finest and most dedicated exponent over many years will never be recognised. If he got onto chat shows and other TV programmes a la Frankie Dettori of course it might be different, but c'est la vie.

  • Comment number 51.

    Only one winner for me - the most successful British footballer of all time, 11 premier league winners medals, 2 european cups etc etc and never been recognised by SPOTY before. Timeless, still at the top of his game having reinvented himself as a centre midfielder. Step forward Ryan Giggs.

    Sadly Button will probably win despite being helped by a vastly superior car and only winning one world championship in how many attempts?

    Should be no contest.

  • Comment number 52.

    As, as last year the top 10 does not include a disability athlete, last year we saw Dave Weir win not 1 medal in Beijing but 4 including 2 golds, Shelley woods won 2 medal and Mickey Bushell won a medal but none off these athletes where included in the top 10, this year saw Bushell, break the 100m record!!! in swimming and cycling again disabilty athletese achived more than there able bodied counter parts but still not one of them are on the top 10 list!

  • Comment number 53.

    @ 34

    i agree elyrano but ross brawn is more deserving of an award than jenson and coach is the only one that remotely fits. He can't win team, overseas or young, the helen rollinson award nor Unsung Hero and I can't see lifetime achievement award being his. He may deserve it, but like last year they pick those who are older and have retired, which is not Ross at this stage.
    So for him to get an award it must be coach.

  • Comment number 54.

    also @ 33 pedro118

    really???? is jenson the only world champ in the list?
    ennis, tweddle, idowu, haye (tom daley even!) and strauss practically single-handedly won us the ashes which is a similar level of achievement.

    On a cricket and world champions note what about the womens Cricket team?

  • Comment number 55.

    I yearn for the day when SPOTY returns to simple highlights packages for each sport's best bits from the year, rather than pandering to a celebrity culture - it gets more like X-factor and other similar shows each time. 2 hours of the year's sporting drama followed by 15 mins of announcing the winners would definitely keep me watching!

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  • Comment number 57.

    For all those bleating on about Phil Taylor, to which I absolutely agree with you. The guy is arguably one of the top ten sportsmen of all time. He's won *everything* multiple times over nearly 20 years and just when you think everyone else is catching him up he raises the bar yet again. This year is a fine example of it - apart from the Premier League I believe he has won everything - destroying the rest of the field.

    Back to the point! Remember it took Steve Redgrave the best part of 20 years to finally win it...

  • Comment number 58.

    I'm no man utd fan but ryan giggs deserves to win for a few reasons:
    1. His constant show of brilliance for 15 years
    2. His age - 36 and still at top level
    3. His ability to help lead a team

  • Comment number 59.

    A man who throws mini arrows to be a 'sportsman' i refer people to Smith and Jones, it is not a sport!!!!! Where is the required fitness? stamina? Jessica Ennis and Jenson Button lead their respective world title events from start to finish, both had faced really tough mental challenges whether that be due to injury or team insecurity.

    JB was not a fluke, he had to really graft to beat off strong competition, and anyone who watched his race in Brazil when he pulled off do or die overtaking moves when a single touch would almost certainly cost him the title, that took real bottle and spirit to achieve. As for doing nothing, Andy Murray won more ATP singles titles than any other man this year, it was hardly a stinker!

    The only one i disagree with is Giggs! A shame about McCoy, but at the end of the day, the BBC open it up for a panel of leading sports journalists and broadcasters, a majority of which are independant of the BBC and they vote and produce a shortlist. This is opened up to the public and a winner is announced. Suggest a fairer way and i'd bet the BBC would lap it up in a second.

    Well done once again to those who put in the effort into this!!

  • Comment number 60.

    31. At 11:14am on 01 Dec 2009, LegendaryDaggers wrote:

    "PLEASE, PLEASE anyone but fluke boy Jenson.

    Jenson Button - Undeserving
    Tom Daley - Too young
    Ryan Giggs - ?????????
    Andy Murray - Done nothing all year"

    This has to be one of the most ignorant and asinine comments I've read in months. Jenson Button has toiled for years in poor-performing cars, and when he finally gets one that suits him suddenly he's a fluke champion. Tom Daley is 'too young' - you appear to have missed the point. He was nominated BECAUSE he is so young, for a 15 year old to win a world title is remarkable. Ryan Giggs '???????', as an Arsenal fan who hates United even I find that pretty insulting, as Giggs has been one of the best players in Britain for nearly two decades. And Andy Murray hasn't done anything? Six titles, world #2, Wimbledon semi-finals and a winner at Queens Club suggests otherwise.

    You are clearly bitter at whoever your favourite is not being nominated, but for you to channel that into a tirade against the totally deserving sportsmen that HAVE been nominated shows you up as nothing more than a fanboy and a wind-up merchant.

  • Comment number 61.

    For the record, for those of you saying 'Giggs will win because of stupid United supporters' and 'Haye wins by a mile', I shall inform you of the current odds at Ladbrokes.

    J Button 4/6
    J Ennis 7/2
    R Giggs 6/1
    D Haye 8/1
    A Strauss 16/1
    M Cavendish 40/1
    B Tweddle 50/1
    A Murray 100/1
    P Idowu 100/1
    T Daley 100/1

  • Comment number 62.

    I see alot of people "complaining" about the X-Factor class issue. Lets be honest, X-factor have never, and i mean NEVER, had any sunday night shows until this year. And why did they instigate them this year??
    To clash with a strictly results show, which the BBC chose to remove and leave on Saturday.
    So don't complain to the BBC for the clash, complain to ITV for their pettyness.
    I know what i will be watching that Sunday night.

  • Comment number 63.

    Beth Tweddle?
    Phillips Idowu?
    Jessica Ennis?

    Who, who and who? I know I'm probably banging a lone drum here, but how on earth is Steve Peat's name not on this list of nominations? A man who this year won the Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships in Canbera, Australia. Steve Peat has been at the top of this sport for over 15 years and if anyone deseved to have been part of the nomination process, Steve was that man. Not only is he the current UCI World Downhill Champion, but over the course of his career he has achive the follwing:-

    17 World cup wins
    3 x World cup Champion
    2 x European Champion
    8 x British Champion
    7 x British Series Champion
    1 x British 4 X Champion
    4 Silver Medals at World Championships
    47 World cup podiums

    If this sport had been covered by the BBC or been an Olympic event Steve would has been on the nomination list. This year the SPOTY awards are being televised from Sheffield, Steve Peat is from Sheffield!

    Peaty, Legend!!!!

  • Comment number 64.

    Sheffield Steel himself - Mr Steve Peat.

    17 World Cup Wins (All time record)
    2009 Downhill world champion

    He is the greatest downhill mountain biker in the world, and finally realized his dream of a world title after 17 years in the sport, however coming from a marginalized sport he certainly does not get the credit he deserves.

    What do the experts know anyway?!

  • Comment number 65.

    In my opinion Jenson Button does not deserve to win it. Here's a guy that came nowhere near winning the world championship before he got given a good car, the award should go to someone who has achieved through their own hard work and haven't had to rely on anyone else. David Haye is my preferred choice with Jessica Ennis second.

  • Comment number 66.

    In the interest of full disclosure, yes I'm a Man Utd fan but also am an avid viewer of all sports, and yes I do believe that Ryan Giggs should win...

    The way I see it is the top three will be Button, Haye and Giggs.

    Button - yes, he won 6 out 7 races at the beginning of the year which was unexpectedly brilliant but Formula One in general has been a shambles this year what with all the rule changes and Mosely bringing down the sport almost single handedly. Not to mention the fact that Button "hung on" rather than seeing it through with style. Great achievement but not quite in my opinion.

    Haye - As good as it is having a world champ, let's face facts. I'm a big fan of Haye and think he'll go on to do great things, but it's just the first rung of the ladder for him. He's won the least important of world titles and he fought one of the worst fighters out there. Yes he was a monster but let's be honest, Haye didn't have to break sweat. Should be awarded on the night but not the top gong just yet...

    Giggs - Current player of the year. Current Premier league champion. Champions League final two years on the spin. Most decorated player in English football history including 11 Premier League titles and 2 Champions Leagues. In the last year he broke Bobby Charlton's appearance record of over 800 appearances, crossed the 150 goal barrier for Man Utd and has just scored 100 premier league goals as a midfielder. Has been at the top of his profession for 20 years.

    Can anyone explain why he shouldn't get?

    I'd guess that if you asked the top 10 to vote for who they think should win it, Giggs would get the award hands-down. A great sportman of our time.

  • Comment number 67.

    "Andrew Murray still hasn't won anything significant."

    To date he has eclipsed Greg Rusedski's career. Rusedski won in 1997.

  • Comment number 68.

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  • Comment number 69.

    Why are people questioning Ryan Giggs's acheivements of the last year? How many more accoalades has we won than every other footballer of his generation? answer: ALOT! and at the age of 35 picked up PFA player of the year award after being instrumental in helping ManUtd hunt down Liverpool for the EPL title last season. THAT is why Giggs is there, deservedly so I hasten to add.

    Anyhow, the 10 on this list are the ones with the most previous votes, Phil Taylor, Tony McCoy et all didnt get as many votes from the journo's, and as a result aren't in it. I personally hope that JB will win it, as he, finally, became a world champion this year. Also, the muppet who wrote "in the best car: whoop" earlier, didnt Ruben's also have the "best car"? yup, and where did he come? 3rd. so that arguments as lousy now as it was just before Brazil. Besides, the Brawn was only the best car for the first 5 races, after that everyone else was catching them hand over fist, I think that Button hanging on in there despite the pressure that was coming on him was an awesome feat.

    My opinion, im not belittling any other atheletes, but JB for me.

  • Comment number 70.

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  • Comment number 71.

    To those wondering why Phil Taylor has not been nominated. Taylor plays DARTS for a living; ergo he is not a SPORTSMAN.
    I hope this helps.

  • Comment number 72.

    As with a few other people here I believe that this list has one glaring ommission... Phil "The Power" Taylor... a man who won the 2009 World Championship to make him 14 times World Champion, a man who has been the World Number One for the entirity of 2009, a man who has won 8 of the 11 major tournaments this year and 24 of the 30 tournaments he has entered in 2009...

    Not only do his 2009 achievements rate slightly better than David 'I've only had one fight this year' Haye, but his record shows that he is the most consistently succesful British Sportsman ever, in any sport.

  • Comment number 73.


    Giggs, Murray, Button, and all the other nominees play their sport for a living.

    If you are suggesting darts isn't a sport, then please explain the reasons why.

  • Comment number 74.

    The BBC seems now unable to respect sport for its own sake, where every caption or overview of a hole in golf coverage is accompanied by inane music, minutes of MOTD are wasted with telling us what's coming up next, rather than showing the action, etc. Perhaps it's time either to do away with SPOTY or to use it as an opportunity to rescue sport from the 'arties' and the promoters of so-called 'celebrities'. Let us have a programme that is actually full of sports action.

  • Comment number 75.

    Strong line up?!? Somebody mentioned Greg Rudseski winning earlier,this must be the weakest field since then!
    I just hope it can be won by someone with a 'personality' and that for me would be David Haye.
    I am a racing fan but AP hasn't got much of a personality or at least not a public one. He doesn't come across as a man who wants the attention and as said so himself. He would be better winning a lifetime achievement award when he decides to retire from the saddle. And lets face it, the BBC aren't bothered about horse racing anymore anyway.
    As for the others well Andy Murray's face would crack if he smiled,Strauss (and the team don't forget) won a weak Ashes series..just! Giggs should get the same as McCoy,Phillip and Mark,nice guys but absolutely no chance of winning and the others are too young and haven't achieved any real greatness yet. As for Mr Button,pleeeeeeze,don't let it be him! He'll never get out of the arena if he wins because his head won't fit through the door!!!

  • Comment number 76.

    Mark Cavendish is a great sprinter - no doubt, but he has the best lead-out men in the Tour to catapult him towards the finish. Bradley Wiggins on the other hand finished fourth overall in the most gruelling sporting event in the World with little help from anybody except himself. He would be my Sportsman of the Year by a long way.

  • Comment number 77.

    Surely Andy Murray has all the necessary qualifications to win SPOT(T)Y? :)

  • Comment number 78.

    Yes Giggs won a record league title last year, but be serious how many minutes did he play compare to his team mates? Ronaldo was the single sole reason by a mile for man united success with Rooney, Rio, Vidic, Evra, Tevez, playing exceptionally well with Giggs in the ranks of Berbatov, Fletcher complementing the team. He coulg be categorised for lifetime achievement, but not sports personality of the year

  • Comment number 79.

    Lots of posters support Giggs but are clearly missing an essential fact.

    The only football players to have won this award were Moore, Gascoigne, Owen and Beckham, all Englishmen. None of these players were as talented as Best, Dalglish or Giggs but talent is not the deciding factor.

  • Comment number 80.

    I thought this competition was called "Sports PERSONALITY of the Year". The fact that most of this list have no obvious personality strikes me as odd. If its "Sports ACHIEVEMENT of the Year" then fine.

  • Comment number 81.

    I'm just wondering what David Haye has done yet to deserve being up there. I believe Carl Froch deserves to be there ahead of David Haye. Froch has won a world title and defended it twice since. Haye only just won his not long back, so why does he deserve to be ahead of Froch?

    If you're going to nominate a boxer, at least nominate the right one.

    (not that I have anything against David Haye. I like him and expect big things from him in the future, but come on).

  • Comment number 82.

    "To those wondering why Phil Taylor has not been nominated. Taylor plays DARTS for a living; ergo he is not a SPORTSMAN.
    I hope this helps."

    If darts isnt a sport then why is shown on Sky Sports, and is broadcast as as a BBC Sport Production. Darts may not seem like a sport but it is. The mental fitness you have to endure under high pressure situations is as intense as I've seen in any other sport. Your on a stage with a loud intimidating crowd watching over you and you have to keep thinking what you need to get in order to win the leg. So I think you might want to re think you attitude of darts cause it is mentally one of the most challenging SPORTS out there and for one man to dominate for almost 20 years is an amazing acheivement.

  • Comment number 83.

    A good, varied line-up, good to see a few "olympic" sports included in a non-olympic year, and deservedly so. Still had to include a token footballer though...

    If anyone attending the night, from the BBC or otherwise, knows the dress-code for the evening for the general public, I'd be grateful if they could write it on here so I can prepare accordingly.


  • Comment number 84.

    Why did The Sun (the most read newspaper in the WORLD) not get a vote? I'm fairly sure that they would have correctly voted for Phil Taylor.

  • Comment number 85.

    "Yes Giggs won a record league title last year, but be serious how many minutes did he play compare to his team mates?"

    Then again, Beckham won it and he has never been the best player in the team at any of his clubs except LA Galaxy!

  • Comment number 86.


    "The mental fitness you have to endure under high pressure situations is as intense as I've seen in any other sport."

    That'll be why past champions drank large quantities of alcohol during matches.

  • Comment number 87.

    I would go for Ryan Giggs, the man is an idol of a sport where he is outplaying some of the best in the world and yet how many world class players in football last to 36 and make first team appearances and outclass the best? And for some who say he has only just scored 100 goals for Manchester United, thats 100 in that 1 competition his total is 151 all together, so please get facts right!!

    And how can people say he does not have a personality? He has recently spent 5 days in Sierra Leone doing charity work, how many others in the list have said to have done that? And he done it without having the media follow him around taking pictures every few seconds because hes not that shallow to play to them to make him seem like a nice guy because he actaully is one, with the hundreds of thousands hes donated to charities over the years to help them.

    So you can vote for a person who is excelling at a sport for nearly 18 years straight without being a shallow media seeking person, or somone who has barely achieved anyhting compared to him I.E. All others on that list.

  • Comment number 88.

    I consider it a disgrace that Tony McCoy the greatest jump jockey ever seen is not even in the list of ten . I will refuse to the watch the programme as the people involved obviously do not recognise true greatness in sport.

  • Comment number 89.

    Just looking at the votes that made up the final 10...

    The Star on Sunday went for Cristiano Ronaldo!!! He's about as British as Kim Jong-Il!! Very informed experts...

    How Phil Taylor missed out again, i have no idea... Wiggins should also be there.

    SPOTY is Cavendish... Haye will be SPOTY for the next few years though if he carries on the way he is.

  • Comment number 90.

    Isn't Tony McCoy from the Republic of Ireland so therefore would not qualify for the main award? He could be up for overseas. It's like U2 at the Brits. They are always up for overseas band.

  • Comment number 91.

    Tony 'AP' McCoy: the most successful jump jockey of all time.
    What does AP have to do to make this list. He is the most consistent sportsman ever - 13 consecutive championships. Come on BBC !!!!

  • Comment number 92.

    I'm sorry, have I missed something? I didn't realise Jenson "almost as manufactured as Hamilton" Button or Ryan Giggs HAD a personality?

  • Comment number 93.

    The latest cricket rankings from the ICC website show the following for England in 2009:

    1. Test Matches - ranked 5th
    2. ODI - ranked 6th
    3. 20/20 - ranked 7th.

    A derby match against Australia aside, Strauss & co. are poor. Why is he on the list?

  • Comment number 94.

    firstly, why hasn't Steve Peat been nominated?!! i can understand that mountainbiking is a minority sport but it is most definietly a fast growing one, especially here in the uk. then there is the list of acheivements the man has acheived.
    2009 UCI DH World Champion
    3 x World Cup Champ
    8 x British Champ
    2 x European Champ
    17 World Cup wins

    i know he won south yorkshire personality but considering the long list of acheivements, the fact that he is still at the top of his game at 36 and he is one of the nicest people you'll meet should have been more than enough to secure him a place in the top ten?!!!

    also, darts is not a sport, it's a game, there is no physical condition required other than to to be able to walk and to move your arm a bit. same with golf, archery, snooker. yes they require high levels of skill and practise like all other actual sports, but peak physical condition is not a factor.

  • Comment number 95.

    Andrew Strauss? I know the Ashes was an achievement but it was one Test.

    On this basis, BBC should create a "Team of the Century" award and give it to Australia seem as they usually win it.

    Then again, after the knighthoods last time, perhaps Ricky Ponting should be designated a God to maintain the sense of proportion.

  • Comment number 96.

    Interesting to see JB up as favourite when Hamilton who was a far more impressive winner as youngest ever did not get it. I will be voting for Giggsy. He is the very embodiment of everything good about football, the premier sport in this country. Awesome player and individual and a great example to youngsters in any sport. After that its Jessica Ennis as by the far the best looking contestant. Come on United fans. You owe it to Sir Ryan to make sure he wins. Stick a tenner on him to win as well and we should be quids in for a few bevies to celebrate to boot!

  • Comment number 97.

    FairPlayMotty and even that's debatable!

  • Comment number 98.

    MusicalJosh - poker is shown on SkySports.

  • Comment number 99.

    Andrew Strauss? I know the Ashes was an achievement but it was one Test.


    For this, and anyone else knocking Strauss conisider the following. It wasn't one test, it was 5 tests, against the number one team in the world. In which Strauss ended up the top scorer. Strauss also captained England to a convincing win in the other home test series (albeit against the windies).

    He has overseen as captain an impressive turnaround from one day no-hopers to a team that made the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy, knocking out the favourites in the process. At the same time he as transformed his game to become very solid one-day player.

    He is also within one game of a highly impressive 1 day series win in South Africa.

    What more could you honestly have asked for Strauss this year? Not only does he deserve to be right up there on the list, he arguably deserves to win.

  • Comment number 100.

    The Ashes is 5 tests not 1.

    Also to all the people saying 'but x doesnt even have a personality' you should look up personality in a dictionary. One meaning is 'celebrity, well known person' etc.
    This is clearly what is meant in the award. It is not judging the quality of somebodys personality.


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