the lack of free to air coverage is a problem like cricket a few yrs ago when man of series & winning the ashes wasn't enough for joe root to even be on the shortlist in 2015, lewis Hamilton success doesn't really matter he won it in 2014, but for some reason the non f1 media, have a vendetta against him & have poisoned his reputation mainly because hes different, the only problem is that only F1 fans who have watched him for 10 years, know yes at times he's a but on the whole he nothing like his protrayed reputation
but then even then this year was a weird year because yr between summer > Winter Olympics with no murray is always low bar, Joshua was 1/10 fav after beating kiltschko in the biggest heavyweight fight on british soil for 20yrs, & everyone thought he had it sown up, so maybe complency cost him as 18 votes between him & 3rd in Johnnie peacock, Froome failed a drugs test as discussed on tdf thread 4 days before the event, & the power of campaigning helped Johnathon rea come 2nd & Johnie peacock come 3rd
although Mo Farah deserves it he is not just britians greatest long distance runner he is arguably the greatest long distance runner there has been, with what he has won & hes a brilliant role model, being at former Olympic stadium on the night he won the 10,000 hasn't not made me biased in anyway
Someone tweeted to Martin Brundle that it would be injustice if Lewis Hamilton did not win SPOTY for being a 4 times world champion and setting some impressive records this season. Martin 's response was it is up to the viewers to who they vote for
Lewis got 60,000 votes but that was 20,000 less than Jonny Rea which just shows you how much people think of F1 at the moment being too much regulation and car focused
If you look at SPOTY voting over the last decade, sportspeople from the Celtic nations always do well; there's been someone on the podium since 2005. I suspect there is a patriotic vote there that English competitors cannot compete with, especially since they typically make up a majority of the nominees.
Lewis Hamilton was caught up, less than two months ago, in a tax avoidance scandal.
These two factors may be more relevant than motorcycling>F1.
I don't disagree with Mo not getting SPOTY but just how far Lewis finished in the voting says a lot .
Chris Froome did not get as many votes probably the drug test failure timing did not help either. Hamilton's tax avoidance scandal not ideal - singled out possibly but all the musicians and entertainers (and sport stars) have people helping them to pay less tax