Billy Packer, a broadcaster for NBC and CBS passed away on Thursday. He was 82.

Packer's son, announced that his father had been ill for the previous three weeks and had been hospitalised in Charlotte.

From 1975 until 2008, he served as an analyst or colour commentator for every Final Four.

For Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Analyst in 1993, he was awarded a Sports Emmy.

Packer spent three seasons as a basketball player at Wake Forest.

 In 2008, Packer became a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Billy Packer was also honoured by Golf Channel.