In the United Kingdom the term “co-commentator" is used for the position. As in North America, commentary teams typically feature one professional commentator describing the passage of play, and another, usually an ex-player or manager, providing supplementary input as the game progresses. The co-commentator will usually restrict his input to periods when the ball is out of play or there is no significant action on the pitch 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 build-up to the match, at half-time and at full-time.
In Australia, the term is not used; rather, those giving the analysis alongside the commentator are said to be giving "special comments." In Sweden the term expertkommentator is used for a knowledgeable sidekick to the play-by-play announcer. In Spanish-speaking countries, the position is known as a comentarista, in opposition to the relator who describes the action.
In some countries, the two-person commentating team is not used. In Germany, most broadcast soccer matches feature a single play-by-play announcer, who is expected to provide background information and statistics by himself. Meanwhile, in Brazil, a three-person team is used. For soccer broadcasts, Brazilian television channels usually also use a specialized referee commentator in addition to the normal color commentator (almost always a former player or coach), who is called a comentarista.
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 commentator (especially when they support heels) are usually more blatant about their stance than the play-by-play announcer. Jesse "The Body" Ventura and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan pioneered the "heel sympathizer" for color commentary in wrestling. Both Jerry "The King" Lawler and JBL later made successful transitions into those roles, though Lawler has since shown more sympathy for faces (partially due to being over with fans after nearly 40 years in wrestling) while JBL has since returned to active wrestling. ECW Commentators, Tazz and Joey Styles tend to be completely neutral; in addition, combine both aspects of play-by-play with color commentary.
First words|New White Sox radio color commentator Chris Singleton might not have much in-booth experience, but the former player has already taken some big baby steps
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