Talk:Color commentator

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I came to this page by way of the Harry Summers article, which I started. Col. Harry Summers has worked as a color analyst during the Persian Gulf Wars. I was very surprised when I saw this article that it only included sports color commentators as I have been aware for two decades of other kinds of color commentators and analyst. I felt this article was too narrow, therefore, I have expanded it to match the current usage of the term in the United States to include any person with appropriate expertise, certifications, and experience, who assists the broadcaster during a live broadcast by providing technical and specialized analysis as appropriate. GestaltG 03:26, 29 December 2005 (UTC) The present version does not seem to reflect your very reasonable and useful point. Do amend to suit your broader definition. (talk) 11:54, 10 October 2009 (UTC)


Johnny Polo was a WWE commentator. Perhaps Raven (the name he is best known as) was a commentator in WCW, but I do not believe so, and I will make the switch to WWE.

I do not consider Joey Styles a color commentator and think he should be deleted from the list. I'd like some feedback. If there is none, I'll probably delete him. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

"provides expert analysis and background information, such as statistics, strategy and injury reports, on the teams and athletes". Styles does that. I think Styles could be considered both a play-by-play man and color commentator(which isn't surprising since he was the solo announcer for several years. TJ Spyke 18:44, 28 July 2006 (UTC)


Can someone improve the wording of "Whilst when a face wrestler does something similar they make them seem like the bad guy."

Jesse Ventura[edit]

would you consider him the first color commentator in wrestling? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:19, 5 January 2008 (UTC)


So, because Australia calls them "special comments", that means that the very first thing shown on the page should be a link to Keith Olbermann's political commentaries, which he calls "special comments"? A user looking for Keith Olbermann's "special comments" would search for Keith Olbermann. And the likelihood that a user searching for his "special comments" would not likewise remember his name is slim to none. The benefit received by the infinitesimally small number of users in that scenario is far outweighed by the sheer awkwardness of that links' existence. For example, Olbermann has another bit called "puppet theatre", which if searched for, redirects to puppet - but you don't see a link to Olbermann's political "puppet theatre" there. The redirect to here is fine, but the link after should be removed.-- (talk) 06:55, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

Correct, this is beyond absurd. I'm going to remove it. Wikipedia is not a place for Olbermann fans to try and increase his popularity. HaroldZoid129.15.131.248 (talk) 16:55, 2 March 2008 (UTC)
It's still showing up. Anyone know how to remove it completely? HaroldZoid (talk) 13:41, 3 March 2008 (UTC)


I'm a kiwi myself, so I spell the word 'colour', but given that the term 'color commentator' is a North American one (as opposed to terms like 'co-commentator'), and that the article title has the North American spelling, shouldn't that spelling be used throughout the article text as well?

It seems very strange for the article heading to be spelt one way and then the first word of the article to be spelt another. (talk) 18:15, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

Origin of the term[edit]

If I'm not mistaken, the term color commenator started being used at the time when the transistion of B&W to color was taking place.

The purpose of having a CC was to 'sell' people on the idea that they should upgrade to color by pointing out what they were missing. This was done by describing the sports event in terms of actual colors, if that makes any sense.

If I can offer an example. Let's say the RED team was losing against the gray team. On a B&W set the jerseys would look to be all the same. The CC would add extra detail to try to better differentiate the two teams from one another for those viewing on older TVs. he would also comment this would be obvious if 'you', as a viewer, owned a color set.

This is what I remember as a child. I could be totally off base. (talk) 16:08, 27 January 2011 (UTC)Bill Gilmore

Another hypothesis: Is the co-commentator more likely to be of a minority ethnicity? --Damian Yerrick (talk | stalk) 14:15, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

A better photo[edit]

can we get an another example of color commentators for the photo? Like maybe at a DIII football game? That way, we'll have an example that's meaningless to 99.99% of our readers, instead of the current one, which is meaningless only to 99% of our readers. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:38, 25 October 2013 (UTC)