The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award (SPOTY) is a trophy given out each December to the Briton deemed to have achieved the most outstanding sporting success over the 12-month period. Over time, BBC Sports Personality betting has become highly popular – read on to find out how you can get involved!

Beginning in 1954, the award was initially decided by a panel of sports journalists for 58 years before a public vote off was introduced in 2012.

The final shortlist of nominees is announced to the public a few weeks before the award ceremony takes place in December. Although this wasn’t originally the case, these days, the winner is decided by public vote on the night.

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We've published the best odds for the 2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, as well as our expert tips and predictions.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Betting Odds

Sports PersonalityOddsBookmaker
Lewis Hamilton5/1bet365
Harry Kane14/1Paddy Power
Emma Raducanu14/1Paddy Power
Eve Muirhead16/1Paddy Power
George Russell16/1bet365
Zoe Alcroft20/1Ladbrokes
Tyson Fury20/1William Hill
Raheem Sterling25/1Paddy Power

We've listed below who we think, at the time of writing, are the leading contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Lewis Hamilton for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

  • Sir Lewis Hamilton has already won this prize twice in his career: in 2014 and in 2020. Last year, the driver could have easily ended up holding the Formula 1 Drivers Championship Trophy if not for a late decision by the race organisers in Abu Dhabi, which allowed rival Max Verstappen to clinch the title ahead of the Englishman in the final lap. That would have been his 8th Championship title, making him the undisputed Formula 1 champion. Currently, he sits tied first with legend Michael Schumacher, who also has seven championship titles to his name.
  • 2022 could be the year Lewis Hamilton rises to the top of that table alone, but with the changes done to the Formula 1 cars this season, he might not even be the favourite to win the trophy, especially after Ferrari got a great start to the season. Should he manage to win the title and put England on top of the Formula 1 Driver charts, he would surely be the prime contender to win the BBC award.
  • Check out our F1 Betting Guide to see the odds on Hamilton winning the championship.

Harry Kane for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

  • Following their recent performance in the European Championship, the English football team once again faces the prospect of winning an international trophy this year as the FIFA World Cup gets closer and closer. One of the main men in the squad is captain Harry Kane, who safely booked a place for England at the prestigious tournament with 12 goals in 10 games during the qualification round.
  • The goalscorer from Walthamstow is just 5 goals off topping the charts for goals scored for the England national team, and he will be hoping to do so while taking the Three Lions all the way to the final. His season with Tottenham so far has been fairly quiet when compared to other years, but once he gets into scoring mode, there is just no stopping him.
  • A great performance in Qatar at the World Cup finals could surely see Kane winning many votes for the SPOTY, with his odds of 14/1 at Paddy Power potentially shortening if he continues to deliver goals for team and country.

Emma Raducanu for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

  • After enjoying immense success at the US Open, Emma Raducano stole the hearts of the English public and won last years SPOTY by a huge margin. Given her talent, we really would not be surprised if she stunned the tennis world with yet another huge win at some point throughout the year – perhaps at Wimbledon, where she will hopefully compete in front of a home crowd. The odds of her doing so are at 12/1 at bet365.
  • Raducanu did have a bit of a slow start to 2022 after being knocked out fairly easily by Rybakina in Sydney, after which she then failed to make it to the final stages of other competitions despite facing seemingly weaker opposition.
  • Last year, at Flushing Meadows, Raducanu was downright sensational. She surged through to the final without dropping a set, and then beat out Leylah Fernandez with ease to claim the crown. Raducanu etched her place in history by becoming the first qualifier to win the US Open, and the first British women to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade in 1977. Maybe she could win a back-to-back US Open title, who knows?
  • Raducanu is joint-second favourite with odds of 14/1 at Paddy Power. We suggest keeping an eye out on her matches, especially in the Grand Slam tournaments.

Best of the Rest – Other Top Contenders for BBC SPOTY

  • At the time of writing, the fact that George Russell now forms part of the Mercedes team with Lewis Hamilton likely leaves him in the former's shadow this season, as seems to be the case with any of the Mercedes teammates. We struggle to see how Russell could outshine his teammate on the track, and would not be inclined to place any bets on him at an early stage in the season. In spite of this, we have seen Russell's driving skills, and know that he is always up for some good competition, so we will be watching out for his performances just the same.
  • Elsewhere, Eve Muirhead, who is part of the Team GB Olympic team, became an Olympic curling champion during the Winter Olympics in Beijing early on during the year. This was no easy feat, however, given the timing and the fact the medal was won in a relatively minor sport, Muirhead might not by fancying her chances of winning the award. At the same time, she has already won the biggest award there is to win in the sport this year, while all the other contenders still have to prove themselves.

As a special bet, there is not a great deal of betting options other than to bet on the recipient of the award. Having said that, there are other awards that are given out on the night, and bookmakers have been known to offer odds on these markets too.

Outright Winner

This is straightforward and uncomplicated – in fact, all these bets in this type of category are. All you have to do is simply try to predict the winner of the main award, which has in the past been won by Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Tony McCoy and Andrew Flintoff. It is always worth considering which sporting mega events will be taking place that year to see from where likely contenders will emerge. Also, it has to be said that the winner has, more often than not, been male. In this case, the FIFA World Cup would be surely an event to take into consideration.

Top-Three Finish

The top three finishers in the public vote are announced in ascending order. Therefore, there are opportunities – much like in an each-way bet – to lodge a wager on a candidate finishing in the top three. The value of the leading competitors for the award will not be overly compelling, although there can be surprises that can provide bang for your buck.

Team of the Year Winner

This, like the following two bets, is chosen by a panel. The award is given to the British – or in rare cases, a foreign – sports team that is believed to have produced the best sporting achievement over the past 12 months. The West Indies cricket team, as well as the Canadian team behind the champion racehorse Nijinsky, have been the two foreign recipients of the award. In 2020, Liverpool won the award for the fourth time after winning the Premier League.

BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

This is a pretty self-explanatory award, one which goes to the young sports star deemed to have had the best sporting year. Past winners include Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray, Theo Walcott, Tom Daley and Phil Foden.

BBC World Sport Star of the Year

This final award goes to a non-British athlete (of either gender) who the panel believe has performed better over the past 12 months than any of the other names on the final shortlist.



Past winners include Roger Federer, who has won the award four times, Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt, who have both won the award three times, Björn Borg, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Steffi Graf, Jonah Lomu, Tiger Woods, Cristiano Ronaldo, Shane Warne, Rafael Nadal, Francesco Molinari, and Boris Becker, who was 18 when he won in 1985 – the youngest male to have received the award.



Khabib Nurmagomedov became the first Russian and first MMA fighter to win the award in 2020.

  • The BBC's Sports Personality of the Year was the brainchild of Paul Fox, a sports editor at the corporation. The first ever awards were held at the Savoy Hotel on 30 December that year and were hosted by Peter Dimmock.
  • The first winner was the middle and long-distance runner Christopher Chataway. Up until 2012, a panel of 30 sports journalists each submitted a list of 10 contenders, from which a final shortlist of 10 nominees was drawn up.
  • In 2011, following a final shortlist entirely composed of men being submitted, this method was criticised and later abandoned to make way for the existing vote method.
  • The awards ceremony has no fixed venue, although the BBC’s recent move to Manchester has seen it held at Dock10 Studios in Salford since 2020. The 2021 ceremony was screened on BBC One, marking the 68th edition of the awards.
YearWinnerSecond PlaceThird Place
2021Emma RaducanuTom DaleyAdam Peaty
2020Lewis HamiltonJordan HendersonHollie Doyle
2019Ben StokesLewis HamiltonDina Asher-Smith
2018Geraint ThomasLewis HamiltonHarry Kane
2017Mo FarahJonathan ReaJonnie Peacock
2016Andy MurrayAlistair BrownleeNick Skelton
2015Andy MurrayKevin SinfieldJessica Ennis-Hill
YearWinnerSecond PlaceThird Place
2014Lewis HamiltonRory McIlroyJo Pavey
2013Andy MurrayLeigh HalfpennyTony McCoy
2012Bradley WigginsJessica EnnisAndy Murray
2011Mark CavendishDarren ClarkeMo Farah
2010Tony McCoyPhil TaylorJessica Ennis
2009Ryan GiggsJenson ButtonJessica Ennis
2008Chris HoyLewis HamiltonRebecca Adlington
2007Joe CalzagheLewis HamiltonRicky Hatton
2006Zara PhillipsDarren ClarkeBeth Tweddle
2005Andrew FlintoffEllen MacArthurSteven Gerrard
2004Kelly HolmesMatthew PinsentAndrew Flintoff
2003Jonny WilkinsonMartin JohnsonPaula Radcliffe
2002Paula RadcliffeDavid BeckhamTony McCoy
2001David BeckhamEllen MacArthurMichael Owen
2000Steve RedgraveDenise LewisTanni Grey-Thompson
SportWinnerRunner-UpThird PlaceTotal Places
Athletics18141951
Formula One89118
Tennis72211
Football571022
Boxing54110
Cricket53211
Cycling5106
SportWinnerRunner-UpThird PlaceTotal Place
Figure skating3104
Golf2529
Swimming22711
Eventing2013
Snooker1427
Rugby Union1326
Rowing1214
Motorcycle Racing1113
Show Jumping1067
Horse Racing1045
Sailing0202
Rugby League0101
Triathlon0101
Darts0101
Diving0101
Cart0011
Gymnastics0011
Rallying0011

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Key Stats

  • Ian Black won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1958 at the age of only 17, and is to date the youngest winner of the award.
  • One year earlier, Dai Rees became the oldest winner of the Sports Personality of the Year in 1957, after he captained the Ryder Cup golf team to victory over the USA.

You will find betting markets for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in the ‘Specials’ section of your bookmaker's official website or app.

Typically, no. This is generally an outright winner market only. Some betting sites do offer a top-three finish market, although these are rare.

This year, the awards event will be broadcast live on BBC One on Sunday 18th December 2022.

While the location has not been confirmed as of yet, the venue has been shifted around the United Kingdom after being situated in London for the first 51 editions. Most recently, the awards in 2020 and 2021 were hosted in Salford.

Andy Murray has won the most BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards with three crowns to his name, triumphing in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award brings down the curtain on the British sporting schedule for the calendar year, celebrating the best and most poignant achievements regarding sport in the United Kingdom and Ireland. There are unique betting opportunities available for wagering on the event, including outright betting on the recipient of the signature award.

Leading bookmakers are diverse in their approach towards betting on this award, ensuring that there is value to be found on their markets as they would for any other events covered. We believe that there are great opportunities for punters as revealed by this year's BBC Sports Personality betting odds, so we really do recommend giving this a go!

WRITTEN BY James Cormack
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Big sports fan specialising in football. Experienced the lows of Vlad Chiriches and Tim Sherwood as a Spurs fan along with the more recent ‘success’ under Pochettino. My following of the New England Patriots since 2012 somewhat makes up for the lack of silverware produced by Spurs in my lifetime.

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