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Billy Packer Doesn't Own a Computer, Does Know People Watch Him Online

Mar 12, 2008 – 1:50 PM
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Michael David Smith

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CBS will show all 63 NCAA Tournament games for free online this year, meaning that, technical difficulties aside, anyone who can connect to the Internet can watch every second of every game and hear every word that analyst Billy Packer speaks.

Of course, even if Packer weren't at the games, he wouldn't be able to enjoy the online coverage, seeing as, according to Michael Hiestand of USA Today, Packer doesn't own a computer. But he's sure that millions of Americans will be watching him on theirs:

"The way that Nielsen ratings are measuring interest is comical - and here we have the ultimate proof (via online usage numbers). Do you mean to tell me that people who watch (online) go home and they don't watch the game?" Packer asked. "I know people have made fun of me for years (for questioning the accuracy of TV ratings), but now we'll find out."
It's obviously self-serving for Packer to tout the ability to watch the games online, but he must be correct that huge numbers of people will watch from the office this year, as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament represent the last major American sporting event that takes place while most people are at work. The ability to watch online is a huge advancement for fans.
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