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A color commentator (color analyst, analyst) is a Sportscaster|sports commentator who assists the play-by-play announcer, often by filling in any time when play is not in progress.
The term is of American origin.
The color commentator provides expert analysis and background information, such as statistics, strategy and injury reports on the teams and athletes, and occasionally light humor. Color commentators are often former athletes or coaches of the sport being broadcast.