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Harlem Globetrotters say fans call the shots this time around

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Harlem Globetrotters will let fans control which rules will impact the game when they visit Louisville this Saturday.

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour comes to KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

Fans can vote here and choose which new game-changing rules they want to see in their hometown. 

Since fan response was successful last year, the Globetrotters are offering it up again this year.

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.

With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton and Dizzy Grant - plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu* - the Globetrotters' one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing - all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart.  After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.#

Click here to purchase tickets.

Prices start at $20.00 and are now available. You can also call 800-745-3000 to purchase tickets.

For more information on group and scout tickets click here.

About the Globetrotters:
The Globetrotters tipped off the North American leg of their world tour with the first-ever events at the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, on Sept. 20 and 21.  The tour recommences on Dec. 26, 2013, with the Globetrotters playing more than 290 games in over 250 cities in 47 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico through April 2014.

Sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios, Howard Johnson Hotels and Greyhound Lines, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 88th consecutive year, continuing a world famous 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, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. 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-over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.


8th Season
6" 2'

The sharp-shooting Dizzy Grant started playing basketball after he attended a Harlem Globetrotters game at the age of seven. Little did he know that he would eventually be playing for the world's most famous basketball team.

Date of Birth: Dec. 3, 1982
Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey
College: College of New Jersey '05

Dizzy holds the distinction of sinking the first 4-point shot in basketball history, when the Globetrotters unveiled their game-changing innovation during a nationally-televised ESPN2 special on Dec. 5, 2010. The basketball and 4-point circle Dizzy utilized on the 35-foot shot is now preserved for future generations at the mecca of the sport, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

He is also a superb ball handler and one of the Globetrotters' biggest cut-ups. "He is funny all the time," says Big Easy Lofton. "He can do impressions of anybody," adds Flight Time Lang. Dizzy has developed a cult following on the Internet with his spot-on impersonations of other basketball superstars and funny characters of his own that he has created.

One of the many things Dizzy has enjoyed about being a Globetrotter is entertaining U.S. troops based overseas. "Playing a game of basketball on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf for the troops is the coolest thing I've ever done," he says. "It was awesome to stand on the deck, 50 feet from where the fighter jets land."

Another cool thing Dizzy has done with the Globetrotters is appeared on numerous TV shows, such as Disney XD's "Kickin' It," "The Celebrity Apprentice," "TODAY," "Good Morning America," "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition," "The Chew," and "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?"

The New Jersey Athletic Conference Player of the Year his senior season in college, Dizzy was also a first team all-conference selection in both his senior and junior seasons.

He wants to reach youngsters the way his father reached him. "He taught me what hard work is and how it can pay off," says Dizzy. "I just hope I am doing the same for others out there in the world."

Dizzy enjoys playing golf - he consistently shoots in the 80s - and bass fishing, which he does three to four times a week on his bass boat when he is at home. "My newest obsession is pretending I'm hosting an outdoor adventure show when I video my fishing trips," says Dizzy.

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