A live event taking place this year in Salford, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show will celebrate sports stars, teams and the coaches, and others that help them. The 67th BBC Sports Personality of the Year title not only celebrates powerful athletes and elite players but also Unsung Heroes and members of the public. Previous winners of the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award itself include footballer David Beckham, rugby player Johnny Wilkinson, and tennis champion Andy Murray.
Entries for the competition closed last month, and the public will decide who the winner is, usually by voting via phone and the BBC website. Whoever gets the most votes wins, with second and third place getting a mention too. But who among the nominees are looking likely to make the coveted shortlist and may, as such, emerge victorious in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award?
British @F1 driver @LewisHamilton clinched a historic win on Sunday. With 94 career wins, he has the most of any driver in the history of the racing series.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 17, 2020
First on @CBSThisMorning, the 7x World Champion driver joins us to discuss his victory and the fight for racial justice. pic.twitter.com/HxRuHvKByr
The racing driver from Hertfordshire has won multiple world titles and championships. He also claimed a BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, in 2014, and has finished second in the following years, meaning his sports personality of the year 2020 odds are looking pretty good at the moment.
Additionally, he is not far off beating world-famous German driver Michael Schumacher’s records across Grand Prix victories and championships, having matched his efforts in a recent victory at the Turkish Grand Prix, which nabbed him his seventh F1 World Championship and 94th career race win.
A footballer who plays for both Manchester United and the England national team, he is well-known for publicly campaigning on social issues, such as food poverty and homelessness, with some of his recent humanitarian ventures emerging as particularly poignant. His campaign has garnered him support from the general public and across social media, as well as an MBE for his services. A striker, Marcus Rashford’s social campaigns have made him one of many potential winners of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
The world’s best heavyweight, The Gypsy King @Tyson_Fury will return to action in 2021 👑— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) November 15, 2020
Date and venue to be announced 👊 pic.twitter.com/vnGRV61Qzh
Two-time heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury was one of the early favorites to win the award. Also known as The Gypsy King, earlier this year Fury beat his American heavyweight rival, Deontay Wilder. A thrilling, yet controversial fight, the pair are set for a rematch, potentially later this year. Fury has dealt with many struggles in the past, helping make his meteoric comeback in 2020 all the more captivating amid the brutal world of boxing.
Ronnie O ‘Sullivan
A legend in the world of snooker, six-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has a shot at getting the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. As well as his multitude of wins across snooker, he is also known for his exuberant personality, which draws him plenty of attention, along with his keen snooker skills. Although he’s not even come second place as of yet, over the years fans have petitioned to get him a BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
What’s next for BBC Sports Personality of the Year betting odds?
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist is yet to be unveiled, but in the meantime, these personalities all look to have a chance of getting on the shortlist and perhaps, even winning the award itself, which recognizes the sportsmen judged to have not only achieved the most over the course of the year but who have also captivated the general public.