Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD reports that the aggravating analyst will not be returning to the network next season, ending 27 years as a b-ball blowhard for the Columbia Broadcasting System.
Both Packer & a CBS spokesperson confirmed Sunday night that Billy wasn’t coming back. The 68-year-old Packer had offered his interesting and/or inane insights for 34 straight Final Fours, starting at NBC before jumping to CBS in 1981.
And when any longtime media figure gets the heave-ho, there’s always people proudly giving praise to those who were just punted away.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino believes Packer “has given the most professional accounting of basketball in the history of our game as a commentator.” And Billy’s booth buddy Jim Nantz adds, “He protects the heart and soul of the sport. Fans don’t realize they owe Billy a thank-you.”
Well, guess we all better hit the local Hallmark & send some thank you cards to CBS Television Network, 51 W. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10019.
…In thanks for finally pulling the plug on Packer! Ha! Fooled ya, Jimmy!
(H/T: AWFUL ANNOUNCING)