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Who Will Be BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019?

Date Posted: June 4, 2019

Every December, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) holds the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony. This annual event started in 1954, devised by the television executive Paul Fox. Having gone through a long period of evolution, the ceremony now gives eight awards including Team of the Year, Overseas Personality, Lifetime Achievement Award, Coach Award, and Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Among all the awards bestowed by the body, the oldest, and probably the most highly anticipated, is the BBC Sports Personality of the Year title. This title is conferred on a sportsperson that got shortlisted based on a set of criteria including achievements and impact and got the highest number of votes in the public voting conducted. Given by a UK-based company, the award is for British sportspeople only or for those who reside in the UK and have played their sports for a significant period of time.

As popular as it is, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award has already become a staple part of the events opened for betting by some sportsbooks like William Hill and Sky Bet. In fact, as early as today, these online bookies have already made the lines open for punters who want to guess who will take home that sought-after title in December this year. In case you’re wondering which British sports icons have the highest odds of winning, here are the top five candidates to win as BBC Sports Personality of the Year:


#1 Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling for BBC SPOTY 2019Odds: William Hill — 4.00 | Sky Bet — 4.00
Sport: Football
Notable achievements in football:

  • 93 club goals over 320 appearances
  • 8 international match goals in 49 appearances
  • 2017-18 Premier League champion under Manchester City
  • 2018-19 Premier League champion under Manchester City
  • 2018-19 FA Cup champion under Manchester City
  • 2015-16 EFL Cup champion under Manchester City
  • 2018-19 EFL Cup champion under Manchester City

Other achievements:

  • Highest transfer fee (£49 million) ever paid for an English player
  • FWA Footballer of the Year 2019
  • PFA Young Player of the Year 2019
  • PFA Team of the Year 2019
  • British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards: 2019 Sportsman of the Year
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season 2019
  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage 2016
  • Liverpool’s Young Player of the Year 2015
  • Golden Boy Award 2014
  • Liverpool’s Young Player of the Year 2014
  • Nike brand ambassador in 2012

Controversies:

  • Alleged inhaling of nitrous oxide for recreation
  • Alleged shisha pipe smoking
  • Arrested for alleged assault on former girlfriend in 2013
  • Accused of common assault on another woman in 2013

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#2 Dina Asher-Smith

Dina Asher-Smith for BBC SPOTY 2019Odds: William Hill — 10.00 | Sky Bet — 9.00
Sport: Athletics
Notable achievements in athletics:

  • Bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics
  • 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal at the World Championships
  • 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal at the European Championship
  • 1 silver medal at the European Indoor Championships
  • 1 gold medal at the World Junior Championships
  • 2 gold medals at the European Junior Championships
  • 2 silver medals at the Continental Cup
  • 1 gold medal and 1 bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games

Other achievements:

  • Women’s European Athlete of the Year 2018
  • BT Sport Action Woman of the Year 2018
  • Model at Paris Fashion Week
  • Brand Ambassador of Nike, Muller, and Hublot
  • SJA 2018 Sportswoman of the Year
  • Cover girl of mags like Runner’s World UK and Evening Standard Magazine

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#3 Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton for BBC SPOTY 2019Odds: William Hill — 9.00 | Sky Bet — 11.00
Sport: Formula One (F1) racing
Notable achievements in F1 racing:

  • 2018 F1 World Champion
  • 2017 F1 World Champion
  • 2015 F1 World Champion
  • 2014 F1 World Champion
  • 2008 F1 World Champion
  • All-Time Most Career Points record-holder
  • Most Wins at Different Circuits record-holder
  • All-Time Most Pole Positions record-holder
  • Most Grand Slams in a Season record-holder

Other achievements:

  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) awardee, 2008
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014
  • PAP European Sportsperson of the Year 2114
  • GQ Sportsman of the Year 2014
  • GQ Sportsman of the Year 2015
  • Best Driver ESPY Award 2017 recipient
  • Liontrust’s Sporting Hero of the Year 2018
  • Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year 2018 recipient
  • Pirelli Autosport British Competition Driver of the Year 2018
  • Pirelli Autosport International Racing Driver Award 2018 recipient
  • Bambi – Special Prize of the Jury 2008 recipient
  • 2015 Richest British Sportsperson

Controversies:

  • Fined for violating “anti-hoon” laws in Australia in 2010
  • Tax evasion issues in 2008
  • Criticized for describing his hometown as “the slums” in a speech in 2018
  • Criticized for his “inappropriate comments” in 2017 about his nephew who wore a dress
  • Criticized by animal rights group after he posted photos of him playing with a white tiger

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#4 Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury for BBC SPOTY 2019Odds: William Hill — 17.00 | Sky Bet — 19.00
Sport: Boxing
Notable achievements in boxing:

  • Unified WBA (Super), WBO, IBO, IBF, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight 2015 titleholder
  • WBC titleholder 2018
  • European, WBO International, and vacant British heavyweight 2014 titleholder
  • WBO Inter-Continental 2012 titleholder
  • Irish heavyweight 2012 titleholder
  • British and Commonwealth heavyweight 2011 titleholder
  • English heavyweight 2009 and 2010 titleholder

Other achievements:

  • The Ring Comeback of the Year 2018
  • The Ring Fighter of the Year 2015

Controversies:

  • Mental health issues
  • Alcoholism issues
  • Illegal drug use
  • Criticized for being arguing performing-enhancing drugs should be allowed in sports
  • Called to be removed from the 2015 shortlist of Sports Personality of the Year nominees for his “homophobic and sexist” comments

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#5 Joe Root

Joe Root for BBC SPOTY 2019Odds: William Hill — 21.00 | Sky Bet — 21.00
Sport: Cricket
Notable achievements in cricket:

  • 1st English captain to win a Test series in Sri Lanka since 2001
  • 6th England player to score a Test century on captaincy debut
  • Highest-scoring England player on captaincy debut
  • Top-ranked Test batsman in the world 2015
  • Current 4th in Test batting
  • Current 4th in ODI batting
  • Current captain of the England Test team

Other achievements:

  • ICC ODI Team of the Year 2018
  • ICC Test Team of the Year 2016
  • England Test Cricketer of the Year 2015
  • England Limited-Overs Cricketer of the Year 2015
  • Fans’ Player of the Year 2015
  • ICC Test Team of the Year 2015
  • ICC ODI Team of the Year 2015
  • Wisden Cricketer of teh Year 2014
  • ICC Test Team of the Year 2014

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Other sportspeople predicted to be BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 include Owen Farrell, Geraint Thomas, Laura Muir, and Andy Murray, to name a few.

Ronnie O’Sullivan, meanwhile, suffered a decline in his odds of winning SPOTY 2019 after his shocking loss to amateur snooker player James Cahill in April. Also, Anthony Joshua slid off the list of SPOTY 2019 top hopefuls when he got unexpectedly defeated by Andy Ruiz, Jr. just this June.

Those with large fan bases, including the five icons listed above, are expected to rack up a lot of votes during the public voting period. But fans and non-fans can still get swayed on who to vote upon taking into consideration the players’ achievement in sports, the impact they have created, and the controversies they’ve been dragged into. Since the lines are now open for this proposition betting event, punters may start taking note of the odds from sportsbooks and begin placing their wagers.

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