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Ranking the Top 10 Color Commentators In 2014

The Top 10 Color Commentators In 2014

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For many sports fans, the entertainment value of a specific game is largely affected by the color commentator who broadcasts the game. Let's take a look at the top 10 color commentators of 2014, keeping in mind what it takes to be noteworthy in this profession. For these rankings, I took into account who brought genuine excitement, thoughtful analysis and strong rhetoric in the production of their broadcasts.

10. Doris Burke

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10. Doris Burke

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A lot of basketball fans discredit Doris Burke, but she really is a knowledgeable commentator who offers an interesting basketball perspective as she commentates. As one of the few female color commentators, Burke sneaks in at No. 10.

9. Greg Anthony

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9. Greg Anthony

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Replacing Clark Kellogg this past season, Greg Anthony had a large spot to fill in college basketball’s March Madness. Anthony passed the test, demonstrating a strong level of analysis and skill along the way.

8. Dick Vitale

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8. Dick Vitale

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Dick Vitale has been color commentating forever, and his famous phrases such as “diaper dandy” and “PTPer” ring in many basketball fans ears even during the offseason. Even at 75 years old, Vitale is the voice of college basketball, bringing unparalleled enthusiasm and energy to the game.

7. Dan Dakich

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7. Dan Dakich

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A former head coach at Indiana, Dan Dakich brings a notable amount of experience to games he commentates. Most notably, Dakich presents on-court segments which educate viewers of specific basketball concepts during the game.

6. Jeff Van Gundy

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6. Jeff Van Gundy

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Alongside Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy is a pleasure to listen to on Sunday ABC broadcasts. Van Gundy, a recent NBA coach of the Houston Rockets, is known for his long rants about possible rule changes.

5. Mark Jackson

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5. Mark Jackson

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After Mark Jackson was fired as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, he took a broadcasting job with ABC. Jackson’s outros, which often include “Hand down, man down,” and “Mama, there goes that man,” are highlights of every game Jackson commentates.

4. Jon Gruden

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4. Jon Gruden

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There is no doubt that Jon Gruden loves the game of football and many players who play the game. A staple of Monday Night Football on ESPN, Gruden’s enthusiasm is easily observable, and as a former NFL coach, his knowledge is quite evident as well.

3. Steve Kerr

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3. Steve Kerr

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Steve Kerr is one of the most brilliant minds in color commentating. Kerr, who recently became the Golden State Warriors’ head coach, will be missed by the NBA fanbase as he made up one of the best broadcasting duos in all of sports alongside Marv Albert.

2. Hubie Brown

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2. Hubie Brown

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A former NBA coach, Hubie Brown brings a high IQ to the table. Brown knows the game of basketball and portrays it as good as anyone. Brown has seen it all, and this experience is on full display during his broadcasts.

1. Bill Raftery

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1. Bill Raftery

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Bill Raftery’s unique voice and sometimes silly calls make him the most entertaining color commentator to make the list. Most notably, Raftery shouts "onions" when a player seizes a big moment late in the game, which is often accompanied with his distinctive high-pitched shriek. Raftery and March Madness are a match made in heaven, as his calls on miracle plays are always special.

Nicholas Sciria is a San Antonio Spurs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Nick_Sciria, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.