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2016 - Billy Packer
One of the most acclaimed broadcasters in all of college basketball, Billy Packer has covered 23 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships as an analyst, the last 16 for CBS Sports. He won the Sports Emmy award for Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst (1993).
Billy Packer developed his love of college basketball while he was growing up as the son of the coach at Lehigh University. Packer attended Wake Forest University, where he was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) guard (1960-62) and led his team to the Final Four in 1962. After graduation that year with an economics degree, he spent more time in the gym as a Wake Forest assistant coach (1965-69). In 1972, Packer began his career in broadcasting in Raleigh, North Carolina, when he was asked to fill in as an analyst for a regionally televised ACC game. Packer became a regular the next season.
After covering ACC games, Billy Packer joined NBC Sports for the opening round of the 1974 NCAA tournament. In 1975, he teamed with Curt Gowdy for the entire tournament, including the UCLA-Kentucky title game. The following year, Packer worked with Dick Enberg for regular-season games as well as the tournament. Al McGuire joined the pair in 1978, and they became one of the most popular broadcasting triumvirates ever. Packer worked with NBC until 1981 when he joined CBS. While at CBS, he covered the Final Four until 2008.
Billy Packer was born February 25, 1940 in Wellsville, New York. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children.