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Globetrotters set to bounce into Freedom Hall

March 17th, 2014 9:32 am by Entertainment Staff

Globetrotters set to bounce into Freedom Hall

When the Harlem Globetrotters bounce into Johnson City on March 24, the players will be the ones on the floor showcasing their basketball-handling wizardry, but it'll be the fans in the stands calling the shots.

The Globetrotters' 2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour takes fan participation to a whole new level, giving audiences the power to choose which new game-changing rules they want to see in their hometown.

The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year. Since the fan response was so overwhelming, the team is doing it again — but with a major twist.

The 2014 online ballot includes three never-before-seen revolutionary rules:

  • Hot Hand Jersey — Both teams will have a "Hot Hand Jersey" they can pass among each other. The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets.
  • Make or Miss — The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game. When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded.
  • Trick Shot Challenge — Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot. If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points. If they miss, the other team receives five points.
  • Families can visit in advance to vote for which ground-breaking rule they want to see implemented in the game, which will tip off at 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

    Reserved-seat tickets are $52 (box seats), $35, $30 and $26 for children and adults; kids under 2 are admitted free.

    A limited number of Magic Passes are available for $19.50 each and give fans a chance to experience special tricks and magical fun first-hand during an interactive event 90 minutes prior to show time. Pass holders can spend time on the court with the Globetrotters one-on-one, shooting hoops, trying out ball tricks, having their picture made and getting autographs. Magic passes must be purchased in addition to the show ticket.

    Tickets are available online at and in person at the Freedom Hall box office or by phone at (423) 461-4884. Information on group and Scout tickets can also be found at

    The Globetrotters will play more than 290 games in over 250 cities in 47 states and six Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico before the North American leg of their "Fans Rule" World Tour wraps up in April.

    This year's Globetrotters roster features stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang and Hi-Lite Bruton — plus female stars T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu.

    The Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 88th consecutive year, continuing a tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents.

    Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans — among them popes, kings, queens and presidents — for more than eight decades.

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