Unfortunately the awards ceremony is held in mid-December, so I'd imagine decisions will be reached a while before then, and the WTF doesn't finish until 12 November.
Last year the shortlist was announced at the end of November.
A range of sports experts from newspapers and magazines across the UK were asked to send in their top 10 selections.
They were then collated to determine the final shortlist of 10 contenders for the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
A public phone vote will decide the winner during the show on BBC One, which will be broadcast live from 2000 GMT on Thursday, 22 December.
See list of 2011 nominations at http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/sports-personality/15895642
- quite interesting!
This year they are making some changes, partly to avoid repeating last year's embarrasment of having no women on the shortlist.
From the Guardian "Changes are expected to be made to the shortlisting panel and it appears unlikely that the magazines Nuts and Zoo will retain their votes.
Other changes are also likely, possibly expanding the number of sports stars on the shortlist and having a panel of experts then reduce the size of the list before a public vote".http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/sep/12/bbc-sports-personality-of-year-changes?newsfeed=true