Palmer odds-on to retain Betting Writer crown

Sky Bet, sponsor of the SJA’s British Sports Journalism Awards being staged in London on March 8, has made Racing Post columnist Steve Palmer 10/11 favourite to retain his crown as the Sports Betting Writer of the Year.

Palmer was the inaugural winner of the Sky Bet-sponsored award 12 months ago.

The Racing Post is also represented in this category by Kevin Pullein, who is 5/1 to scoop the award.

The Daily Mirror makes up the other half of the field, with Derek McGovern Sky Bet’s 5/2 second favourite to take home the gong and 3pm Betting Boys Kevin Price and John Curle available at 5/1.

Sky Bet’s PR Director Dale Tempest said: “There are some brilliant sports betting writers around and as sponsors we’re delighted once again to be associated with this award. Picking winners is tough enough but these guys have used their wit, intelligence and writing talent to entertain their readers.”

Sky Bet SJA Sports Betting Writer of the Year
Steve Palmer – Racing Post 10/11
Derek McGovern – Daily Mirror 5/2
Kevin Price/John Curle – Daily Mirror 5/1
Kevin Pullein – Racing Post 5/1

To bet on the Sky Bet SJA Betting Writer of the Year award, click here.

For the awards shortlists in all categories in the British Sports Journalism Awards, click here.

Sky Bet is the SJA’s newest partner, the sponsorship being announced in October 2008. Together with the SJA’s other lead sponsor, UK Sport, both partners support our two prestigious annual awards events, including the Sky Bet betting prize at the SJA’s British Sports Journalism Awards.

For further information, please contact:

Helen Jacob
Sky Bet Head of PR

Tim Reynolds
Sky Bet PR Executive

SJA dates for your diaries
Mon Mar 8: SJA British Sports Journalism Awards dinner, at The Brewery. Tickets on sale now – click here to book

Mon Apr 12:The SJA’s second “Sporting Question Time”, this time with London Mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall. This will be strictly for SJA members only. To book your ticket, click here to send us an email with your name, SJA membership number and address, writing “Sporting Question Time with Boris” in the subject field

Mon Apr 12: SJA Spring Golf Day, to be staged at Surbiton GC. To book, contact Paul Trow (07973 862747).

Thu Apr 15: SJA 2010 Annual Meeting, at offices of UK Sport

Mon Apr 19: SJA/LOCOG guided tour of Olympic Park (2pm – booking details to be announced)

Sun Apr 25: SJA Cricket Day. Enjoy corporate hospitality with friends and colleagues, and bring along your partner, as Lancashire take on Surrey. Tickets £65 each.

Mon Sep 13: SJA Autumn Golf Day, Muswell Hill GC. To book, contact Paul Trow (07973 862747).

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