Globetrotters to give fans rules options for Peoria appearance

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

The Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour comes to Carver Arena at 2 p.m. Jan. 5.

Online voting is now open at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule, where all fans can 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 twist.

The 2014 online ballot includes three never-before-seen 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 exit 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 show features mesmerizing ballhandling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing.

Tickets start at $15 and are available now at harlemglobetrotters.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the Peoria Civic Center box office or by phone at 800-745-3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com.