The Harlem Globetrotters Need More Exposure

As I was putting up my Christmas tree for the year and hanging ornaments I got nostalgic for the Harlem Globetrotters. What do the Harlem Globetrotters have to do with Christmas? Hallmark released a Keepsake Ornament that is my favorite of the bunch this year. It reminded me how much the team has been out of the spotlight since the 1970s and early 1980s.

Sure they still trot around the globe throughout any calendar year but they don’t have the multi-media presence they once did. Back then they were all over television teaming up with Scooby-Doo and Gilligan, serving as hosts of their own variety series, acting as spokesmen for products and having their games broadcast on Wide World of Sports.

As much as I hate Cartoon Network branching out into live-action programming I think airing the occasional Globetrotter game would work. The team is meant to appeal to children mostly and they are basically live-action cartoons anyway so it makes sense. It would just be nice to see them on television again.

More exposure would have with identifying some or all of the current roster. Today’s team doesn’t have the individual player recognition like those of yesteryear. Where are the Meadowlark Lemons, the Curly Neals, the Sweet Lou Dunbars, and the Geese Ausbies?

Additionally, I think the team can regain its multi-media presence by utilizing the Internet better. HarlemGlobetrotters.com isn’t very interactive. The team should get permission to stream episodes, if not the entire series, of both their animated shows, Harlem Globetrotters and Super Globetrotters. Back in 2009 it was announced the team would star in a new animated series but nothing has happened with it yet.

I think it could work as a Web series. If it gets produced hopefully it’s a throwback to the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon series where the team just traveled around solving problems and mysteries.

I also think the Harlem Globetrotters is perfect for a video game, either released for a console, an app or something for their Web site. After a little bit of research I was able to find out that the team has been interpreted into two video games. One for the original Nintendo back in 1991 and one for the Game Boy Advance back in 2006. With today’s mobile devices and next generation consoles, the team is ripe for a new game.

If you have children and have never seen the Harlem Globetrotters. I saw them when I was 12 back in 1982 and loved it. I only saw them that one time. I don’t have children but if I ever do he or she will definitely be exposed to Sweet Georgia Brown.

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7 thoughts on “The Harlem Globetrotters Need More Exposure

  1. They constantly tour, RetroPatrol. I wouldn’t be surprised they make an appearance in your city or a city near you during a calendar year.

    And I haven’t seen that ABC Afterschool Special. When I saw that clip it just cracked me up.

  2. plcary says:

    Nice post. Good to see the Globetrotters get some love! My dad took me to see them when I was around 14 or 15. I bugged my dad until he decided to take me. I’ll never forget going to that game with him. He was a great dad, but he rarely took time off from his job to do things like that so it was a special memory.

  3. Well, I had free tickets to see them thanks to a teacher at school and my Father refused to take me. I still regret not getting to see them in person…still I guess at some point they have to make it back around to my neck of the woods. :)

  4. Loved these guys in the 80’s. Watched all they’re televised games and TV specials, including the Gilligan’s Island one, which is really bizarre. Gilligan really showed his age, but oh Marianne … (be still my heart). I was lucky enough to attend one of their games, and I still have the program somewhere.

  5. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Saw the Globetrotters here in Montreal about ten years ago.
    Looking it up, I see they tour around here (and all about) this year and were also here two years ago.
    Glad to see they’re quite busy.
    And I really really dug the 70s Globetrotters cartoon as a wee watcher of Saturday morning TV. And I still dig that groovy and catchy theme. Seeing it again is fantastic.

    And it’s been years…but I still don’t get that HG+Gilligan thing that played like a fever dream one night on my usually tasteful tellyvision box.
    I liked it okay, seeing the old comedy gang and foxy Marianne coming back for a bow to their audience. And the Trotters are always a treat.
    But I’m still a bit baffled.
    Maybe just pleasantly stunned.

    In any case – Yay, Harlem Globetrotters!

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