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Billy Packer And Bobby Knight ARE Pairing Up for the 2009 Final Four

Friday, December 12, 2008 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 3:54 PM, under , , , , , ,

Athens, GA (Dec 12, 2008) - Earlier this week, someone from Black Rock (aka CBS) hit this site from Google. Whoever it was, this person was searching for "billy packer and bob knight joint venture ncaa tournament 2009".

Dress Rehearsal at Ford Field: The NCAA and CBS Sports recently had a dress rehearsal for the 2009 NCAA Final Four. This image, courtesy of a Facebook friend, is what it looked like for the rehearsal, but it will have a different seating configuration for the Final Four.

Someone there knew something that could not be verified for publication. Now it has been verified by Michael Heistand of USA Today, with this at the end of his column today:

Packer to be paired with Knight on Web

Just because Clark Kellogg's predecessor, Billy Packer, won't be calling games for CBS this year doesn't mean he won't remain connected to the NCAA Tournament.

Fantasy Sports Ventures (FSV) will feature Packer and legendary coach Bob Knight on a new website that will launch in mid-February.

The site, which will be accessible through FSV's portal site, will offer a bracket game, plus analysis, blogs, interviews, video and other features from Packer and Knight.

This raises a few questions.

Would this be considered competing with CBS Sports? And if so, did Packer have a non-compete agreement as part of his retirement?

Does Bobby Knight have a non-compete clause in his contract with ESPN?

Will fans of mid-major conferences be allowed on the site?

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