With all due respect to the Scottish tennis star, Britain must have had a really bad sporting year if he is a worthy winner.
Murray is undoubtedly the best British tennis player for generations but even he would struggle to claim to be the finest in the world at the moment.
In four Grand Slam events, he did remarkably well every time but failed to come up with a trophy. That suggests others should have been in with a shot of becoming the Sports Personality of the Year.
One problem is that the public (and experts) tend to have very short memories. This could easily have been billed as Sports Personality of the Month, since Murray and the vilified boxer, Tyson Fury both hit the headlines just as voting was hotting up.
One feels sorry for Lewis Hamilton who rather stupidly won the motor racing world championship several weeks early, thus consigning himself to barely also-ran status. It would be easy to argue that a real world champion is far better than someone who didn’t quite get there.
Then we come down to the question of personality. There is no question that Andy Murray loves his mother (and wife) but very few people would identify him as a personality in the same class as flamboyant superstars of the past like George Best or John McEnroe. For younger readers, try Jessica Ennis-Hill, Tiger Woods or Kevin Petersen.
Indeed, if it would not be an insult, one might politely suggest that Andy Murray has all the personality of an accountant (not we real ones but the mythical equivalents berated by the media).
On the team front, the Davis Cup winners certainly deserve praise and once again had their moment of glory in December. However, those in the know (I’m not) suggest that the tournament was devalued by the absence of most of the best tennis players in the world. Effectively, this was the Andy Murray show.
Once again, comparing that achievement with England winning the Ashes (in the summer though) suggests that the tennis boys might have been fortuitous winners of this award.
In any event, years without major international sporting championship such as the Olympics or a soccer World Cup will tend to throw up odd winners of awards of this type. Jessica Ennis-Hill has basically been taking a breather following previous triumphs.
There was a Rugby World Cup, which is possibly best forgotten from a British perspective, although it can be argued that the Scottish team who so nearly made it through to the semi-finals were at least as deserving of the team award as the tennis stars but sadly their achievement in defeat is long forgotten.
The moral of this story is that whenever there are awards to be won, the best chance is to pick a slow year and do well right at the end of it.
The good news is that one can expect 2016 to present a real competition, with the Olympics in the offing.