Wynn Las Vegas Race & Sports Book will host Billy Packer and Bob Knight’s “Survive and Advance,” a series of five one-hour tournament television programs analyzing the 2009 NCAA National Championship. Packer and Knight have teamed up to develop the ultimate men’s college basketball tournament platform that includes broadcast television, interactive TV, fantasy leagues, computer games and the Internet.
“Survive and Advance” is scheduled to air on FSN (Fox Sports Net) at 12 a.m. local, directly following the basketball games on March 15, March 22, March 29, April 3 and April 5. The one-hour program will feature live commentary from the hosts and their top-tier guests including coaches, former players and well-known personalities. The shows will re-air throughout the week (check local listings). FSN is the nation’s leading provider of local sports and reaches more than 80 million homes across the U.S.
In addition to their arrangement with Wynn Las Vegas to host the television shows, Packer and Knight are also teaming to develop an interactive web platform. The interactive platform will feature custom games and a website, including news, analysis, blogs, video, and other original content. Packer said, “this initiative will enable fans to experience the best college basketball tournament coverage across multiple media vehicles.”
“It is an honor to host these two basketball Hall of Famers, whom I consider to be the best in their field,” said Johnny Avello, Executive Director of the Wynn Las Vegas Race & Sports Book. “Their presence and the ‘Survive and Advance’ program will add a unique, festive atmosphere to March Madness this year.”
About Billy Packer
Emmy Award-Winner Billy Packer broadcast 34 straight NCAA Championship games. He was the NBC Lead College Basketball Analyst from 1974 through 1981. Packer joined CBS as the Lead Basketball Analyst in 1981 where he continued through 2008. A member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame, Packer led Wake Forest to two ACC titles and to the 1962 National Championship.
About Bob Knight
Bob Knight holds an unprecedented 902 recorded wins as a NCAA Division I Basketball Coach. Knight is the only coach to win the NCAA, the NIT, the Olympic Gold and the Pan American Games Gold. A member of the Naismith and College Basketball Hall of Fame, he was the Head Coach of three NCAA Championship teams and played on Ohio State’s 1960 National Championship team. In 2008, Knight was the ESPN NCAA Tournament College Basketball Analyst.