Andy Murray – SPOTY 2016
Here we go again. The BBC Sports personality 2017 has a big question mark facing it as it is a very open race for the contenders. Whether or not you are a Formula 1 fan, the name Lewis Hamilton is surely one you have come across.
The former winner of this award in 2014 enjoyed another successful title winning year. At Paddy Power Sportsbook, you can bet on the BBC SPOTY 2017, excluding Andy Murray, last year’s winner, because of an injury struck year. Having just missed out last year, Anthony Joshua, in what has been a very successful year for the boxer, is the favorite to win BBC sports personality 2017.
Perhaps Sir Mo Farah, 5,000 and 10,000 distance runner, is in for a good shout having also picked up quite a few medals as he retired from competitive running. Online sportsbook news in the UK are waiting in awe to find out who will claim this year’s award, establishing their name in history as the 2017 BBC SPOTY.
British BBC Sports Personality of the year
Because our contender has to come from the United Kingdom, this makes choosing a single person easier as we don’t have the same problem as Portugal, where every year, FIFA player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, racks up the award. This is not saying that he doesn’t face any competition, but his own desire to dominate a sport without any hiccups, leaves other Portuguese athletes for dead. Nevertheless, this is not the Portuguese personality we are dissecting but the British one. So let’s get right into it.
Can Lewis Hamilton win BBC SPOTY 2017?
Having sealed his fourth world title in style, Lewis Hamilton surely has to be a strong contender for this year’s award. For much of the season, he was toe-to-toe with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, but finally, he was crowned world champion at the Mexican Grand Prix with two races to spare. I’ll say it again, style. To bet on Lewis Hamilton to win SPOTY 2017, Paddy Power Sportsbook values him at 7/1.
Anthony Joshua, IBF Champion
The favorite contender to win this year’s award, Anthony Joshua. The Heavy-weight champion had a fruitful year after defending his crown and defeating Wladimir Klitschko, the Ukrainian monster. Having done so, he is favorite to win at 2/9.
Who else has a sensible reason to be nominated
Well, now comes the rest of the whole bunch. To find BBC SPOTY 2017 odds, online sportbook directory will put you through and going with Sir Mo Farah, at odds 25/1, might be a good call because perhaps the BBC are planning a grand farewell. Then again, the road racing cyclist, Chris Froome certainly has made a heavy statement by winning his 3rd consecutive Tour de France at odds 10/1. Finally, there’s Harry Kane.
The young Tottenham FC striker hasn’t won anything yet at club level, but is a future captain for the England National Football team. His odds are a high 66/1. So there you have it, the BBC SPOTY 2017 will be announced on December 17, with Anthony Joshua favorite but Lewis Hamilton with a clear statement about his achievement, to be named sports personality of the year.