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15 Year Old Joey Brander Does Color Commentary for the Miami Heat Part 2
15 Year Old Joey Brander Does Color Commentary for the Miami Heat Part 2
Published: 2011/05/01
Channel: GBSNSports
Greatest Football Color Commentator Ever
Greatest Football Color Commentator Ever
Published: 2010/10/16
Channel: collegehumorofficial
Television Color Commentator Demo
Television Color Commentator Demo
Published: 2012/03/17
Channel: SixFourThreeDemo
06 Commentators (City and Colour NEW ALBUM 2013) (With Lyrics)
06 Commentators (City and Colour NEW ALBUM 2013) (With Lyrics)
Published: 2013/06/06
Channel: NgK
Kansas City Royals color commentator Rex Hudler talks family, fanhood and - of course - baseball
Kansas City Royals color commentator Rex Hudler talks family, fanhood and - of course - baseball
Published: 2015/07/14
Channel: 41 Action News
Dani Klupenger as a Color Commentator
Dani Klupenger as a Color Commentator
Published: 2014/07/22
Channel: Dani Klupenger
Best In Drag Show 2013: Color Commentator
Best In Drag Show 2013: Color Commentator
Published: 2013/10/03
Channel: BestInDragShow
WWF Jesse Ventura
WWF Jesse Ventura's Debut as a Commentator: Best of Championship Wrestling on WTBS (1-20-85)
Published: 2016/07/16
Channel: Wrestling Collector
Color commentator commentates on color
Color commentator commentates on color
Published: 2016/05/01
Channel: Tague Zachary
Inside The Nba   Chucks Color Commentary   21 11 13
Inside The Nba Chucks Color Commentary 21 11 13
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: Charles Barkley
Rising Star Ring Announcer and Color Commentator Ray Flores Discusses the Best Job Ever Invented
Rising Star Ring Announcer and Color Commentator Ray Flores Discusses the Best Job Ever Invented
Published: 2014/03/21
Channel: TVE Fight
Play by play and color commentator
Play by play and color commentator
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: Emmett Schindler
Phillies color commentator salty after Cespedes home run
Phillies color commentator salty after Cespedes home run
Published: 2015/09/04
Channel: Dekabricks
Comcast Sportsnet Color Commentator - 12.9.14 GW vs. Georgetown Womens Basketball
Comcast Sportsnet Color Commentator - 12.9.14 GW vs. Georgetown Womens Basketball
Published: 2015/02/04
Channel: Megan Nipe
Baseball great Leon Lee: radio color commentator for the Sacramento River Cats
Baseball great Leon Lee: radio color commentator for the Sacramento River Cats
Published: 2014/04/26
Channel: The Sacramento Bee
2017 Dr. Joaquin Wallace Color Commentator Demo
2017 Dr. Joaquin Wallace Color Commentator Demo
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: Joaquin Wallace
Phil Schoener Football Color Commentator Reel
Phil Schoener Football Color Commentator Reel
Published: 2015/01/28
Channel: Phil Schoener
Play-By-Play and Color Commentary Reel
Play-By-Play and Color Commentary Reel
Published: 2016/04/28
Channel: Roland Thomas Garanzuay
Funniest Commentary Ever by Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura (Koko B. Ware vs Frechy Martin)
Funniest Commentary Ever by Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura (Koko B. Ware vs Frechy Martin)
Published: 2014/03/13
Channel: Nonsense
Max McGee color commentary
Max McGee color commentary
Published: 2011/12/12
Channel: Devon Edwards
Color Commentator for GolTV Loses His Mind
Color Commentator for GolTV Loses His Mind
Published: 2009/11/30
Channel: ajkst1
Color Commentary Episode 26: Solomon Jundy
Color Commentary Episode 26: Solomon Jundy
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: Color Commontary
Color Commentator
Color Commentator
Published: 2016/03/03
Channel: Regina Love
Collin Catman Color Commentator Oregon Ducks Hockey
Collin Catman Color Commentator Oregon Ducks Hockey
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: Joy joy
Best Color Commentator ever [GONE SEXUAL!!!][KISSING PRANKS]
Best Color Commentator ever [GONE SEXUAL!!!][KISSING PRANKS]
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: DasSp0rk
Danielle Malagari (Spirit color commentator, U20 assistant coach)
Danielle Malagari (Spirit color commentator, U20 assistant coach)
Published: 2013/05/08
Channel: Kevin Parker
CM Punk:  FloSlam
CM Punk: FloSlam's Next Color Commentator?
Published: 2016/11/18
Channel: TVTraX
Color commentator Meaning
Color commentator Meaning
Published: 2015/04/26
Channel: ADictionary
Bellator MMA: Man Behind the Mic - Color Commentator Jimmy Smith
Bellator MMA: Man Behind the Mic - Color Commentator Jimmy Smith
Published: 2014/11/06
Channel: BellatorMMA
Bellator MMA Man Behind the Mic: George X - Spanish Color Commentator
Bellator MMA Man Behind the Mic: George X - Spanish Color Commentator
Published: 2014/12/12
Channel: BellatorMMA
Tim Staudt Remembers His Time As Michigan State Football
Tim Staudt Remembers His Time As Michigan State Football's Radio Color Commentator
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: 730 WVFN
Joe Rogan on Dominick Cruz as UFC commentator!
Joe Rogan on Dominick Cruz as UFC commentator!
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: Octagon News
Color Commentators
Color Commentators
Published: 2012/03/22
Channel: Trippple Hat Trick Productions
Color Commentator In A Snuggie?
Color Commentator In A Snuggie?
Published: 2010/01/02
Channel: Sportaphile2
Emory Hunt Color Commentary: Georgetown vs Bucknell (Nov 2016)
Emory Hunt Color Commentary: Georgetown vs Bucknell (Nov 2016)
Published: 2016/11/13
Channel: Football Gameplan
Conan Plays "World Of Warcraft" At BlizzCon
Conan Plays "World Of Warcraft" At BlizzCon '13
Published: 2013/11/21
Channel: Team Coco
Emory Hunt Color Commentary - Georgetown vs Columbia (Sept 2016)
Emory Hunt Color Commentary - Georgetown vs Columbia (Sept 2016)
Published: 2016/09/26
Channel: Football Gameplan
Top 10 memorable sports announcer moments
Top 10 memorable sports announcer moments
Published: 2009/09/15
Channel: maywest86
If Bill Burr Was An NBA Commentator
If Bill Burr Was An NBA Commentator
Published: 2015/12/16
Channel: allenpalin
Future color commentator
Future color commentator
Published: 2011/09/03
Channel: James Jones
Chris Panek - Hockey Color Commentator
Chris Panek - Hockey Color Commentator
Published: 2014/12/23
Channel: Steve Mighter
Basketball Color Analyst
Basketball Color Analyst
Published: 2016/03/24
Channel: Corey Speights
Tim Kempton - Phoenix Suns Radio Color Analyst
Tim Kempton - Phoenix Suns Radio Color Analyst
Published: 2016/04/12
Channel: dCouriervideos
Basketball Color-Commentary 2010
Basketball Color-Commentary 2010
Published: 2012/12/20
Channel: Harrison Ralph
Spelunky Daily Challenge #4 (8-11-2013) - Color Commentator
Spelunky Daily Challenge #4 (8-11-2013) - Color Commentator
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: BigRedNY
San Diego Chargers Color Commentator Drops A "Richard C*nt"
San Diego Chargers Color Commentator Drops A "Richard C*nt"
Published: 2013/08/30
Channel: WaXedradio
Chico Resch retires as NJ Devils color commentator - 4/11/14
Chico Resch retires as NJ Devils color commentator - 4/11/14
Published: 2014/04/12
Channel: hoekster316
A COLOR COMMENTATOR! - Episode 4 - Pocket Trains Gameplay
A COLOR COMMENTATOR! - Episode 4 - Pocket Trains Gameplay
Published: 2013/10/05
Channel: ChrisDoesTheGames Archive
Ray Giacoletti Broadcasting Reel: Color Commentary
Ray Giacoletti Broadcasting Reel: Color Commentary
Published: 2017/04/17
Channel: Priority Sports
Key & Peele - Basketball Commentary
Key & Peele - Basketball Commentary
Published: 2015/06/05
Channel: Comedy Central
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Main commentator Arsenio Cañada (middle) introduces the basketball game between CB Estudiantes and CB Málaga assisted by two color analysts: Manel Comas (left), former coach, and Juanma Iturriaga (right), former player.

A color commentator is a North American term for a sports commentator who assists the main commentator, often by filling in any time when play is not in progress. In other regions this role is variously referred to as an analyst or summariser.[1][2] The color analyst and main commentator will often exchange comments freely throughout the broadcast, when the play-by-play announcer is not describing the action.[3] The color commentator provides expert analysis and background information, such as statistics, strategy and injury reports on the teams and athletes, and occasionally anecdotes or light humor. Color commentators are often former athletes or coaches of the sport being broadcast.[4]

Etymology[edit]

The term color refers to levity and insight provided by a secondary announcer. A sports color commentator customarily works alongside the play-by-play broadcaster.[2][5][6][7]

Variations[edit]

Canada and the United States[edit]

Commentary teams typically feature one professional commentator describing the passage of play, and another, usually a former player or coach, providing supplementary input as the game progresses. The color commentator will usually restrict his input to periods when the ball or puck is out of play or there is no significant action on the field and will defer to the main commentator whenever there is a shot on goal or other significant event, sometimes resulting in their being talked-over or cut short by the primary commentator. Additionally, former players and managers appear as pundits, carrying out a similar role to the co-commentator during the pre-game show preceding a given contest and the post-game show following it. In American motorsports coverage, there may be as many as two color commentators in the booth for a given broadcast.[8]

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the term "color commentator" is relatively unknown; rather the role is called "analyst," "summarizer," or simply "commentator." Cricket coverage on ESPNcricinfo uses similar terminology.

Australia[edit]

In Australia, the term is not used. Those giving the analysis alongside the main commentator are sometimes said to be giving additional or expert analysis, or are "special comments," or may be referred to as "expert commentators."

Latin America[edit]

For football broadcasts on Latin American sports television channels, this type of commentator is called a comentarista in both Spanish and Portuguese, in contrast with the narrador, locutor (Portuguese) or relator (Spanish) who leads the transmission. There is no mention or translation to the term "color".

Europe[edit]

In Denmark, Norway and Sweden the term ekspertkommentator / expertkommentator (expert commentator) is used for a knowledgeable sidekick to the play-by-play announcer.

In Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries, the position is known as a comentarista and comentador (commentator; comentarista in Brazilian Portuguese), respectively, in contrast with the narrador (narrator) who describes the action. Similarly, in Finland kommentaattori is used for the second commentator, and selostaja (explainer) for the main one.

In France, the term for a color commentator is consultant, as opposed to the commentateur sportif (who is also a journalist).

In Italy, the color commentator is usually referred to as responsible for the commento tecnico (technical comment) whereas the play-by-play commentator is the main telecronista. In Italy, too, the color commentator is usually a person formerly directly involved in the sport (as an athlete/player/pilot or as a coach). Recent Formula 1 races have no fewer than three commentators: the telecronista, a former pilot, and an engineer, the last two sharing the commento tecnico.

In Turkey, the term spiker is used for the play-by-play announcer whereas the color commentator is referred to simply as yorumcu (commentator).

In some countries, the two-person commentating team is not used as much as elsewhere. In Germany, most broadcasts of sports matches traditionally feature a single play-by-play announcer who also provides commentary, background information, and statistics. If the broadcast is on TV, the announcer will usually not comment on visually obvious things. A two-person commentating team is used more often for sports where understanding of events depends more on details and subtle visual cues that not everybody might instantly get or might need extra information in order to reasonably understand – for example in auto racing or winter sport. In those cases, a current or former athlete or coach is often used as co-commentator or Experte (expert).

In professional wrestling[edit]

Professional wrestling commentators John Layfield, Michael Cole, and Jerry "The King" Lawler.

Though not always the case, in professional wrestling, the color commentator is usually a "heel sympathizer" (or a supporter of the "bad guys") as opposed to the play-by-play announcer, who is more or less the "voice of the fans" as well as supporters of the "good guys" (or babyfaces). Though both are supposed to show neutral stance while announcing, the color commentators (especially when they support heels) are usually more blatant about their stance than the play-by-play announcers. Jesse "The Body" Ventura and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan pioneered the "heel sympathizer" for color commentary in wrestling. Jerry "The King" Lawler later made a successful transition into the role, though Lawler has since shown more sympathy for faces (partially due to being over with fans after nearly forty years in wrestling). In some cases, commentators are also active managers for wrestlers, usually following continuity as heels. Former Extreme Championship Wrestling color commentator Cyrus was known for having dual roles as a heel manager and a somewhat neutral commentator. It has also been used to keep injured wrestlers in the public eye while they recuperate. Special guest color commentators serve a twofold purpose, the primary is usually to place them in position to interfere with the match they are calling, but also serves to tell the promotors if this performer can "talk" on his own in the ad lib driven commentary role.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Color commentator | Define Color commentator at Dictionary.com". Dictionary.reference.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b "What Is a Color Commentator? | Everyday Life - Global Post". Everydaylife.globalpost.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  3. ^ "What Is a Color Commentator? | Chron.com". Work.chron.com. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Announcers : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics". Bls.gov. 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Color Commentary and Play by Play: A Well-Rounded Approach to Facebook". Inkling Media. 2012-05-02. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  6. ^ "The Sportscaster: A Brief History & Job Description". Americansportscastersonline.com. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  7. ^ "The Top Three Keys For Becoming a Color Commentator | Sportsideo.com member John Lund". Sportsideo.com. 2012-11-27. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  8. ^ Kedzie, Julie (2013-07-18). "Julie Kedzie Breaks Down the Art of MMA Color Commentary | FIGHTLAND". Fightland.vice.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 

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