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DC not -- recently.
I'm old enough to remember them being on Fat Albert.
Andrea doesn't get -- held hands that was so cool and we need to bring that back believe her Saturn Mac's CEO -- -- globetrotters.
-- -- -- -- He -- -- we aim of the -- -- out so we're working on I yet there would there was a generation of kids I think that have not grown up with the globetrotters green we did.
So I think the opportunities to get back there you get the pester power of kids to underpants I wanna be all about the globetrotters.
But we're talking to television network right now about I'm not a cartoon -- a live action series are actually fun.
We're talking a couple videogame companies.
About trying to get either game of ourselves or in some other games to get the guys out there.
He's not a lot of social media these days like left.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- So -- the first people ever to innovate the game of basketball with a four point shot.
And he did -- video where he and his body took on two of our guys and -- -- could only take four point shots.
We did win twenty to two I think but it got one point seven million hits.
Out of the blue which is terrific for us it's not our brand it's his brand to bring our guys -- -- And that's the thing that we're talking about in this day and age right.
-- yet it's almost a paradox because he had to give up control of your brand in order to let these people have -- to then get control back.
And that's something that the globetrotters -- not used to doing we're doing that now so he's in a lot of digital media.
-- your guys are good.
Yeah act taking my kids -- take my kids went to times and we love Michelle might kid plays basketball and every single kind of is a wire these guys -- -- They don't miss how them.
Lot of practice a lot of practice he practices yeah.
And we're making or four point shot about 30% of the time and that's what 35 feet from the basket it's twelve feet farther than the NBA three point line.
It's only good three minutes to go in every quarter so makes him closer -- -- hapless generals actually get very close because four point shot.
Did you lose on purpose the poor hapless and -- the generals of the team that -- will genders play every single time.
And they lose just about every single time the last summer one.
The -- 1971.
Now January 5.
They come close sometimes have very close initiative come close a ton of time fatalism practice -- they're out they're trying now when we go into our patented -- as we call them.
They'll let some of them go and play because the audience is there but when they're there would play a lot of basketball and you're trying to heart out and this year the four point China's allowed them to come back.
The other thing is -- -- we have a penalty box go home and unfortunately I don't know why but the referees only putting the globetrotters and the.
And box and so they're playing four on 53 on five sometimes 215 -- generals are catching up because of that as well.
And -- to -- to -- -- the seat -- to -- -- paradox right and our guys are in it their very large guys sitting in the penalty box and they're not happy about it.
-- -- -- -- -- -- That's true smaller -- small or communicated -- May find them.
We get them all over the place we get guys have had a cup of coffee MBA.
We have guys that won the slam dunk contest and in college we have guys have played in Taiwan in Turkey and France.
People come to us we have an outreach program to go out recruit as well.
But we say three things to be globetrotters and this is what we look for -- -- basketball player cost of entry.
Great entertainer as you said these guys are funny and great -- a great person.
And we do extensive interviews -- these guys were wholesome family entertainment and it really -- in the entertainment you going to be great person.
So they're not we don't want them -- that its -- -- I think easy year in your suiting all that and so.
I think that's that comes across on the -- they're great they're fine.
But it's been hard hasn't it -- -- film stadiums lately hasn't really tough it is it's a very tough here.
Last year -- our best year ever.
Ever we set 72 box office records it was 84 year.
We are -- it was up 33% last year our top line revenue was up 14% it was a great year.
This year we're doing very well but it's a tough for -- this year filling stadiums and I think.
We're doing 280.
Games in the US this year and a four month period in a four month period.
So that's two units.
We have one team but two units ones doing the West Coast ones in the east -- license in two different teams sense right.
-- these guys are doing double headers on the weekend.
They are playing their hearts out and they're getting out there but it's tough for the NBA's having a tough time selling -- were compete they're discounting their prices which is hurting us.
We don't want to discount price we haven't had to.
Cut ticket prices and we won't.
We come once a year -- an event like no we don't want to it's not like to point B eight.
-- NBA home team has to fill 41 games a year and baseball 81 home games we come once.
And there's a lot of pressure on those guys if they're not winning -- wants it there's all that -- couldn't.
-- you don't have that well worth.
Adolescence where guaranteed good -- dad definitely pretty much you know sure we're gonna hit the generals I have lost the 1971.
So pretty much you know that.
And ever and -- -- will have a good time because.
We have the ability to choreograph.
Our experience right right moment you walk into the moment you leave and so why shouldn't it be great experience for the whole family right.
As a general ever meet the cross over to a globe -- yes we are one of our top guys right now dizzy grant was the general.
Affect his nickname when he first came to us was general grant that he is now -- -- And one of our coaches -- Sinclair was also he was Clyde the glide and he was a general.
I think it's great that they can see that in -- sort of a career path if you -- I think there's a really cool you guys.
Go overseas used to do a lot of stuff for the soldiers -- still doing so we are -- every year every December we do something with the armed forces we were in.
Europe this year we are in Asia the year before we -- in Afghanistan in the year before that so every year we go.
And it's important for us right we bring a little bit of America to them I think the globetrotters you view the warm and Fuzzy -- totally.
And I think we army -- right where we are America.
We like to see -- America's home team so we bring a little bit back to the soldiers wherever we go we like to spread smiles and that's what we're all about.
So whether it is in the arena.
Or what we're trying to whose bust out of that as well so as you said on TV with a kid show on a video game if someone's wearing our Jersey to the playground the next day.
If they're taking a four point shot in their parking -- they're driving with our ball.
That's that's that's spreading smile.
Then tell you that's the one thing that I would one of the things I love about going every year is it inspires -- you know all -- my kids and my girls.
Don't know what to do -- basketball but everybody's trying to do this Dunston everybody's inspired.
To get better at it right -- my and in particular he plays.
The front of the NBA is you find yourself and I don't.
And then I got a good -- a bit late season -- what ever gets arrested for drugs and then the next thing you know I'm having conversations I don't wanna -- that's right.
Yeah so we go to 200 about twenty schools a year.
And -- -- go in there and you're preaching it's called cheer our program it's an acronym but the last the -- for responsibility.
All of our guys have been college most -- the graduated involved in there but it's about taking responsibility for your life and we told our guys to very high standard.
And they deliver and they are guys you can idolize two of our guys on the Amazing Race that starts this Sunday.
Really -- -- -- a year ago they came in fourth so this is an all star when they were invited back -- one of the popular most popular teams.
So they start this Sunday they will not tell me how they did so it starts Sunday I don't know but hopefully they go for a long time.
Because again for us right we talk about the brand.
If someone's watching the Amazing Race on a Sunday -- not -- -- about the globetrotters but they're seeing our guys are former mob of them having a great time.
Then don't wanna go to the show -- -- one of my Jersey for -- wanna buy a ball -- play with that and that's what we're all about it's about.
Globetrotters on any platform wherever you can.
Not just within the four walls -- by a hard ticket we screen happen for a lot and it was I guess just prior to your -- but.
It kind of felt.
Economists yeah for a bit.
I think a couple of things.
One is the stuff -- -- -- in the -- NBA started right we did Alley oops and slam dunks no -- did that all of a sudden you had Michael Jordan coming -- he was as amazing -- better than the globe try to work.
So what we did in the arena.
Who was not.
As different or special as it was before I think that they didn't have a cartoon anymore so they lost a generation of kids get excited about it.
Parents -- doing something else and it became reduced to just going into the town like a circus and if you're just that.
Maybe think about him once a year but now we want to think about us 365 we want to be on YouTube we want to have these videos all the time we want to be a video game we want to be.
-- part of your life not just oh I went once it was a good times gone I think -- still be great because we've toward for 85 straight years clarity fifth here.
But I think that was reduced to just being a live event -- true.
And not a true entertainment brand which is what we wanted to be.
Because it's almost wasted these guys are good they're great I -- you could sit and watch them and just it's amazing.
And the best is -- kind of taken the most amazing shots and likes some he's got their shorts around her ankles legs could -- it.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- water because I've been in that when I was a kid this year it's from -- went -- this year but now it's compact it's -- first.
Oh well you wouldn't say.
Who you might get away on but getting but the guys is they're all media trained and -- all -- is that there could -- there are my best asset and.
They're quick on her feet when we do training camp we actually bringing in -- guy in from LA every year.
And training camp he works and because again we're basketball and we're shelves -- need to get both of them right.
And he works with them on how to deal with the -- when something happens because -- -- -- not scripted line by line by line as I said it's loosely choreographed.
So these guys need to know how -- -- and they're doing.
Seven days -- was seven days a week -- game every day and twice on Saturday and Sunday so there and different environments are different.
Demographics geographic and it re creations so the improperly helped and it took -- guys they're terrific -- is just an exit -- anyone.
First blond -- how does dot com yes is the website and get a little unscheduled there but you're in New York where in New York this weekend Madison Square Garden Izod Center in Nassau where in Seattle this weekend were in Portland this weekend and that's -- -- -- yep.
She basically playing simultaneously.
Lap and then weren't LA in two weeks ago of some big dates coming up and stepson now -- doing -- there -- -- -- an -- yeah.
And we're getting even better and better -- last I was in White -- we are sold out it was fantastic questions for county center.
What I saw in the 1974.
-- that building hasn't changed fact it was great we had a great time last night.
Case -- here agree and I think that's why the franchise is -- it's going to be good I hope you little cartoonish notion we need to the average difference CEO -- try to take.
-- web site.
Google those old Fat Albert cartoons -- they were so fun -- Curley was -- little cartoon and.
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