The only footballer in the frame is Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, and the term "Personality" must come into question.
Does he have one?
If he is the best we have got, it must have been a bad year for football.
Hamilton is fresh from winning the Formula One title on Sunday and McIlroy is golf’s undisputed world No 1.
The ceremony will be presented by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan from the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow on Sunday December 14.
McIlroy, 25, is the odds-on favourite with the bookmakers to win the public vote with Hamilton priced at 11/4 with Coral.
Boxer Carl Froch, Winter Paralympic gold medallist Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans, European 10,000 metres champion Jo Pavey, swimming sensation Adam Peaty, equestrian star Charlotte Dujardin, Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold and our Road to Rio gymnast Max Whitlock all feature.