Billy Packer, Emmy- winning college basketball analyst, dies at 82.

Longtime  college basketball analyst Billy Packer died, his  family  announced Thursday evening. He  was 82.

Packer  was a fixture on telecasts of the NCAA men’s basketball  tournament from 1975  through 2008, first with NBC  until 1981  and then with CBS for  the next 27 years, forming a memorable partnership with Jim Nantz. Upon being  replaced  by Clark Kellogg in 2008, he described the  move as  resulting from a mutual  decision  between himself and CBS. Following his  sports broadcasting  career, Packer  worked in  real estate.

“Our  amazing father, Billy, has passed,” his son Mark Packer, who hosts  college  sports- oriented TV and radio  shows  on the ACC Network, wrote on Twitter. “We take peace  knowing that he’s in heaven with Barb. RIP, Billy.”

Mark Packer  told the Associated Press that his father  had been hospitalized for the  past  three weeks with  several illnesses, and that he  ultimately succumbed to kidney failure.

In 1993, he  received a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Event Analyst. Other  career honors  include the Curt Gowdy Award from the National Basketball Hall of Fame and inductions into Halls of Fame  relating to his connections with Wake Forest, North Carolina  sports and the Polish American community.

Hailing Packer as having “set  the standard of excellence” for Final Four broadcasts, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said in a statement: “He had a  tremendous  impact  on the  growth and  popularity of the sport. In  true Billy fashion, he analyzed  the game  with his  own  unique style,  perspective and opinions,  yet  always  kept  the focus on  the game.



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