During the game, the team will premiere the ’4-pointer,’ a shot taken at a distance of 35 feet from the hoop which is almost 12 feet away beyond the NBA’s current 3-point arc.
‘The Globetrotters have been at the forefront of basketball’s evolution throughout the sport´s history,’ said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. ‘From the alley-oop to the slam dunk to the behind-the-back pass, the Globetrotters have long brought innovations to basketball that are now staples of the game, and we’re confident the 4-point shot will change the game of basketball going forward.’
Throughout their 2011 North American tour, which will travel to 220 cities in 46 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces between December 26 and April 17, every Globetrotters game will feature two designated 4-point shooting spots on each side of midcourt. The 4-point option is expected to further open up the playing floor for the Globetrotters as well as their opponents, the Generals, and is expected to generate even more high-scoring action and competitive play.
Three of the biggest names in sports and entertainment will come together this week when the Harlem Globetrotters join forces with ESPN and Disney Sports as part of the official re-launch of ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.
As part of the gala “re-opening” night festivities, the Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals at the complex, with an all-star Globetrotter roster, including Special K Daley, Scooter Christensen, Big Easy Lofton and Flight Time Lang being joined by a bevy of sports celebrities, ESPN personalities and Disney characters. The game will be taped before a live audience on Thursday and televised nationally on Friday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
The special performance will include ESPN Radio’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic from Mike & Mike in the Morning, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary on the air, serving as honorary coaches. In addition, ESPN’s Emerging Technology Group will use the game as a first test run for the network’s much-anticipated ESPN 3D network, scheduled to launch later this year in conjunction with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
In addition to the opening night event, the Globetrotters will also once again take part in several events throughout the popular annual “ESPN The Weekend” (Feb. 25-28) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park and the newly re-imagined sports complex.
“We’re thrilled to bring the Globetrotters’ magic to this landmark event,” said Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “The Globetrotters are proud to be global ambassadors of both sports and family entertainment, and partnering with the undisputed worldwide leaders—Disney Sports and ESPN—in both those categories is a tremendous honor that we take great pride in.”
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 300 events a year, is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the United States, accommodating 60 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries.
Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Spalding, Howard Johnson and America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are in their 84th consecutive season of touring the world. The Globetrotters are one of only six teams to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Also on hand to commemorate the event will be the popular ESPN sports broadcasting team of Mike and Mike along with several other high profile athletes and ESPN personalities.
Tickets are now available from ticketmaster.com and range from $30-$50 in price. Attending guests will also receive a free commemorative t-shirt marking the event.