Las Cruces, NM — Former WBA World Champion and Las Cruces native Austin “No Doubt” Trout will trade in his boxing gloves for basketball sneakers when he suits up for the World All-Stars and attempts to help “knockout” the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Trout will have a guest role in the game at NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.
The Globetrotters are in the midst of their 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour. They have not lost to a travelling opponent since the Washington Generals pulled off the upset in 1971. The Globetrotters latest opponent, the World All-Stars, is a collection of world-class basketball players who will welcome Trout to their team for part of the game.
Tickets to the Globetrotters game are now available starting at $20 via Ticketmaster.com <http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0C004B89DE723214?brand=globetrotters&camefrom=cfc_globetrotters_web2014> , 1-800-745-3000, or the arena box office.
The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart.
On this year’s tour, the Globetrotters take fan interaction to a new level by allowing all fans to choose which new game-changing rules they want to see in Las Cruces. Voting is now open at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule <http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/rule> .
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 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.
Sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios, Howard Johnson Hotels, World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters® are celebrating their 88th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans-among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents-over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com  <http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com> .