Billy Packer Biography
Billy Packer was a famous American sportscaster and a published author. Additionally, he has worked as a color analyst for college basketball coverage on television for more than three decades. He passed away recently at the age of 82.
Additionally, from 1950 to 1966, he served as the men’s basketball team’s head coach at Lehigh University for 16 seasons. He had previously worked for NBC (1974–1981) and CBS (1981–2008) as network executives.
Billy Packer Net Worth
Billy Packer had an estimated net worth of $20 Million at the time of his death. His job career was his main source of income. Having worked in the industry for quite some time he had been able to secure a decent fortune for himself.
Billy Packer Salary
Billy Packer received a respectable wage from his job. He received an average annual salary of $500 thousand.
Billy Packer Cause of Death
At the age of 82, Billy passed away. On January 26, 2023, late on a Thursday, he passed away. His multiple medical issues had kept him in the hospital in Charlotte for the previous three weeks and kidney failure took his life.
Billy Packer Wife
Billy Packer was a married man. His wife’s name was Barbara Packer. They got married on September 9, 1961.
Billy Packer Kids
Billy Packer and his wife had two kids named Mark Packer and Brandt Packer. Mark Packer is a well known American journalist. He serves as a sports host for the ACC Network, a section of ESPN devoted to sports from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Billy Packer Career
Billy Packer’s voice had always been connected to March Madness. He worked for CBS (1981–2008) and NBC (1974–1981). He called every NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship game while he was working there. He did the same for the men’s Final Four from 1975 to 2008.
In 1974, Packer began working for NBC and his first Final Four the following year is still regarded as a historical moment. John Wooden won his 10th championship in the UCLA team’s final game under his leadership.
The 1993 Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst” went to Billy Packer. He was given the Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996. He and Dick Vitale were both inducted as contributors to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. He covered ACC games for Raycom Sports as well. This earned him the Marvin Francis Award in 2005.
Packer returned to the studio to work on Survive and Advance, a Fox Sports Net program about the NCAA tournament, after Clark Kellogg took Packer’s place at CBS in 2008. Additionally, he provided TV commentary for Putt-Putt Professional Putters Association events. Successful author Billy Packer also authored several books about basketball, including Hoops, Why We Win.