The 27-year-old’s PDC World Championship match has been scheduled for the same day by Sky Sports, with some reportedly ‘wondering if that’s a coincidence’.
With less than a fortnight to go until the event, no shortlist has so far been presented.
There’s also said to be no word on an after-party, while the imminent end of the Formula One season also presents another issue.
If Lewis Hamilton emerges victorious in his title fight with Max Verstappen, it’s reasonable to expect his name would be in the frame.
Hamilton has previously won the award twice and, should he beat Verstappen, he’d move ahead of Michael Schumacher on eight Formula One titles.
Another name to keep an eye on is Tyson Fury, too.