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Kirk Snyder CEO of Harlem Globetrotters is here now I'm gonna tell you I tip my son last year.
We we're hysterical we had such a fabulous time kind of shaking his head that you had a good time.
Loved loved the show and I haven't seen snow since I was a kid it's certainly changed.
The cast of characters -- changed.
Would you go again.
I'm known as the Brendan Byrne arena what the heck -- -- I thought -- -- there again this year.
Yes I know we're the good you're good yeah man my brother come initiative -- on this god doesn't have been teacher has been -- a picking did you.
I'm helping build the business I'm not sure about it I believe there of course we can't I can make the half court hook shot that and you really -- All got to learn one thing publicity I think a million things that staff at.
Where are you getting your players.
All over the place we get guys who have had a couple coffee MBA and we've got to -- overseas guys that would division one players division two players.
Guys -- the -- -- to be great basketball player so cost entry going to be great entertainer because where sports entertainment have to be great person.
If not all three of them -- you can't be globetrotters who look for all through those characteristics we do extensive background checks and interviews.
We try these guys out.
I say I actually thought that these guys and -- mean.
Look at this we're watching the video now it.
It's been really I would argue -- -- of better than some of the NBA players I've seen they didn't miss a shot the entire time I was there.
Every time by the way some -- -- shorts down my kids but it's sad stuff but if it was funny and I.
We weren't impressed with the -- Some but they're not to.
Being -- It being team players how these guys are division one division to division -- are all big time basketball players you have to be its cost of entry right because of work.
The -- shows through basketball cannot -- -- baffled.
In the seventies the globetrotters I was a kid it was about.
The personalities is about he saw as being curly Neal -- -- -- and everybody knew who those guys were.
Now we've seen a shift in the NBA with the NBA is about the individuals it's about -- -- LeBron in Tim Duncan and Iverson.
But it has that affected the globetrotters because you don't have that name recognition.
Right now I think so and so we're trying to build back Greta I think the brand as your portal and unharmed globetrotters ever remembers an -- -- them.
But the specific person is the thing that sort of grabs -- your emotional health and doesn't let go sell one of things we've done.
Two years ago two and a half years ago when I got there didn't even have names in the back of the Jersey City.
Saw -- -- nickname some sort of building these guys up the stars two of our guys are just on amazing race they actually can enforce.
But they were there all fall and it was terrific because you're watching CBS amazing race and all of a sudden.
You see these two guys that are globetrotters.
And he said elevenths and why might I love these guys -- want to go see them so the star appeal is important for us we're trying to get a rise out there.
Yet because I know when I was there I was one.
First I was British surprise that you missed it wasn't ball and and but the highlight was when -- came out so it was almost like that it was the parents that are more excited -- kids right does -- came out he's of our generation.
He came and I played at them for a little bit.
So it's it I guess it's a matter now of getting the curly peel back I think.
What it is.
It is what happened -- the globetrotters had almost been reduced to just being alive and and torn troupe where you only related to once a year say the whole business model unfortunately.
Came down to entertain a monetize and once a year when they can you never thought about it he came at a great time he never thought about it.
The whole business model now we're trying to do was say okay death.
Pinnacle of your experience we'll still be when you go alive.
But create opportunities for -- -- -- to interact -- the brand before and after so.
We just signed a deal -- the companies can come out with a new cartoon.
The -- yeah.
Al yeah they'll probably had a we're gonna bring -- new cartoon we signed a deal the companies do all -- license products throughout you can buy T shirts and lunch boxes things like that.
So those -- the type of things were going -- Twitter now we're on FaceBook we have a very robust web site ourselves we have an iPhone app.
Again he would interact so it's not just once a year.
What did you take from the WWE because that's where you came from right in probably a lot of what you just described because you expanding it beyond just going to the arena for wrong -- I would ever that you guys put -- What Vince has done so well as he creates an IP intellectual property every Monday night in the arena but -- exports and all these different platforms cinema business model work.
Because of the brand Evelyn Hobbs right you talk about it everyone loves that they wanted to just just very wholesome.
Wholesome family at a time was going to say that because you can't do that with -- -- -- -- very yeah different.
You know I have to remind my son he cannot perform those moves on his sisters how this is easy.
How -- this show changed because a lot of people like me I I've I've never seen them live.
Com but I did see them on ABC's wide world of sports -- -- in the seventies and early eighties how has the show changed now from what it was then.
Some -- -- the same yet so there's still confetti bucket of water first and confetti we have the string ball we brought back since some of those elements never change sweet Georgia brown arduous and before -- ending up.
We still play basketball and we still play against the Washington generals have brought them back and and most of the time we do when do we went last year did cute yeah.
It's I'm most of the time -- -- the whole idea is because we're sports entertainment.
We have the ability to choreograph the experience from the moment you walk into you leave so we engage our audience the entire time.
So the show what's different is we want a modern elements who want a modern music we have a lot of references to today and pop culture that's that's.
Different than was before.
And we have a whole engaging storyline seems to involve the whole time.
That's neat and she took that -- -- it is well that story line keeps people week after week and month that the monthly cost money to be engaged and we have a coach for the Washington generals.
Things are bad -- okay.
They have the -- I'm not sure how that's an area says one of our viewers love love the Big Easy and flight time on the Amazing Race -- -- name recognition right there as well yeah.
The flight time.
Are two of the four that signed my son's basketball afterwards and that was so cool they all came out they all signs say.
And he knows them like these are guys that he knows they're very very.
Kids -- because they do all these crazy check and our guys are.
Our best that's right they are fantastic.
Individuals that they said we do a lot of background checks these guys want to be doing what they're doing and I think.
We established a couple years ago we said we're gonna do all these different things for them we're gonna make you stars really get -- out of just inside the arena and we did that and they bought into it.
I wish you the best of luck and I really the only I think the problem prizes great body it is in what was in the seventies and eighties I think it can be so we should look at getting it thank you -- practice -- it was great.
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Justice asked -- -- -- basketball I think there that's going to be a little more difficult easier negotiation go do that first and then we'll worry about.
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