Longtime college basketball broadcaster Billy Packer, who was part of 34 Final Fours as a broadcaster for NBC and CBS, died Thursday on the age of 82, according to a tweet from his son.
“The Packer (*34*) want to share some unhappy information,” tweeted his son Mark, who hosts a present on the ACC Network. “Our wonderful father, Billy, has handed. We take peace figuring out that he’s in heaven with Barb. RIP, Billy.”
Packer was an skilled analyst on faculty basketball, working with such play-by-play stars as Curt Gowdy, Dick Enberg, Brent Musburger and Jim Nantz.
Fellow analyst Dick Vitale despatched his condolences in a web-based submit.
“So unhappy to be taught of the passing of Billy Packer who had such a ardour for school basketball. My [prayers] exit to Billy’s son @MarkPacker & the whole Packer household. Always had nice RESPECT for Billy & his companions Dick Enberg & Al McGuire-they had been tremendous. May Billy RIP.”
Before asserting, Packer was a stable participant at Wake Forest, a part of a crew that reached the 1962 Final Four. He started his broadcasting profession in 1972 in Raleigh, NC. He shortly moved up the ranks, then joined NBC in 1974. He remained there till 1981, then becoming a member of CBS.
Packer additionally wrote a number of books. One of his best-known was the memoir “Hoops: Confessions of a College Basketball Analyst” in 1985.
No data on survivors or memorial plans was instantly accessible.