This was in the
Yeah ...sounds more like BBC are miffed that Andy won't attend their awards ceremony. Like they are placing doubt into the minds of voters so that they vote only for a SPOTY nominee that is present at the awards.
This was in the Express, so nothing to do with the BBC. In fact, the Express is more likely to take a dig at the BBC than anything else.
To me, they are simply stating the obvious. Andy isn't going to be there (did anyone really expect that?) and that when people go to the effort to pick up the phone to vote, they are going to be influenced at least a little bit by who is sitting in the audience dressed up in their suit looking a bit overwhelmed/nervous/happy to be there. People feel a bit of a warm glow seeing the nominees live, possibly interacting with each other, or looking a bit embarrassed when they get a mention. It probably would be good for his overall image to be seen chatting to other well loved sports stars and come as a bit of a shock to the "he hates the English" people that they all get on.
I don't see anyone worthwhile having a go at Andy for not turning up. Anyone who does will be the sort of person who is looking for excuses. For most people it will simply be a reminder of how hard he works, and the sacrifices he makes. I'm sure that he'd love to be there is possible. He's a big sports fan, and says how much he likes meeting other sporting stars and I'm sure there's a few he'd love to have a chat to.
More to the point, the nominees haven't even been announced, so they are getting ahead of themselves. It would come as a massive shock to everyone if Andy weren't nominated, and it sounds as if the BBC are already working on his show-reel. I suppose they'd want to cover his year whether or not he is nominated as part of the Olympics, and in the tennis section anyway.
I think that Wiggins really does stand a good chance of winning now. There is the hangover from the Lance Armstrong story that could work against cycling as a whole, but as Wiggins is generally assumed to be part of a new, clean generation, he may benefit from a bit of solidarity voting, or simply a reward for sticking in there and doing it clean. There was the story last week about him avoiding tax through a dubious Cayman Islands scheme, but apart from The Mail who broke the story, no-one else cared. That shows that the press have got his back, whether it's because he's part of a Sky sponsored team, who also own a lot of the British media, or because there is no appetite within the media to say anything that may further tarnish cycling, is unclear.
I'm really looking forward to the evening, and all of the different video montages. Not looking forward to the actual winning bit, as that's just unnecessary stress and drama!