About The Harlem Globetrotters
Great family entertainment and amazing basketball skills in one show? The Harlem Globetrotters have given us this phenomenon of a performance. What the Globetrotters bring to the stage is more than just basketball. They have dedicated 9 decades to breaking down cultural barriers, providing acts of kindness, and committing to their fans.
Since Abe Saperstein founded the team in 1926, the Globetrotters have entertained fans in more than 123 countries and territories worldwide. After defeating the World Champion Minneapolis Lakers in 1948 and 1949, they quickly became recognized as that world’s best basketball team. The victories also propelled the integration of the NBA, as Globetrotter Nathaniel “Sweetwater” Clifton became the first African-American player to sign an NBA contract. The team played before their largest crowd ever on their first international tour in 1950, performing in front of more than 75,000 fans.
By the 70’s and 80’s, the Globetrotters were gaining massive media attention. CBS featured “The Harlem Globetrotters” cartoon show, which earned some of the highest ratings in Saturday morning television history. They also had a live action Saturday morning variety show known as “The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine” which appeared several times on ABC.
Mannie Jackson, former Globetrotter, became the first African American to own a major sports and entertainment organization after purchasing the team in 1993. In 5 years, he was able to quadruple the team’s revenue. Jackson’s guidance also brought forth over $11 million in charity and philanthropic donations.
In May of 2007, Mannie Jackson gradually stepped back from day to day operations, and Kurt Schneider was appointed CEO of the organization. Under Schneider, the team was able to reignite their pop culture following, increase merchandise sales and online traffic, and expand their international business by opening an office in China.
By 2015, the Globetrotters have quite literally trotted the entire globe, leaving positive impact at every stop. On May 6 the team celebrated their 90th anniversary by naming Pope Francis an Honorary Harlem Globetrotter. He is one of 10 Honorary Globetrotters throughout history.
Howard Smith was named the teams president in 2016 and continues to raise the profile of a new generation of players to this day. However, he also does a tremendous job in embracing the heritage of the legendary team.
The Harlem Globetrotters continue to evolve beyond its live event business. Developing a full line of licensed products, increasing alliances with global partners, and continuing the team’s legacy of deep involvement in local communities are just some of the ways The Globetrotters remain as a landmark in basketball and entertainment history. You aren’t going to want to miss this vibrant show, so get your Harlem Globetrotters tickets at ScoreBig right now!