What's the verb for "color commentator"? What verb do you use to say that a color commentator is commenting on a sports game? Sometimes, I want to avoid using the word "color commentator" and I want to use the verb variant of the term "color commenting" or "color commentator".
I'd never heard the term "color commentator" but it seems to be typically an ex-player who gives expert analysis on the game. So you could call them an analyst, or a pundit
So you would say that the color commentator is analysing the game.
Today I'll be joined by former Penguins player, Rick Martindale, who'll be analysing the game and offering insights based on his 20 years as a player and a coach.
At any given time the color commentator could also be summarising the play, reflecting on the performances or just cracking a joke.
The color commentator provides commentary on the game as opposed to analysis. The CC will tell you the quarterback's wife, Melinda, just gave birth to their second set of twins. The analyst will tell you the last time his wife gave birth he was 22 for 22 in passing.
In practice, most sports announcers provide both color commentary and analysis.