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Harlem Globetrotters to return to Reading, play by fans' rules

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:22:40 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 08 2013 01:50:33 PM CDT
Harlem Globetrotters in Reading

69 News

READING, Pa. -

The Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a whole new level when they bring their "Fans Rule" tour to Reading next year.

The Globetrotters will return to what will then be known as the Santander Arena, now the Sovereign Center, on Thurs., March 6 at 7 p.m.

Online voting is now open for all fans 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, according to the team. 

Overwhelming response prompted the team to do it again this year, 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.

Tickets start at $15.00 and are now available at the Sovereign Center box office, on the Harlem Globetrotters' website, or online or by phone through Ticketmaster.