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Beginning in 2017, the Globetrotters will debut basketball’s first-ever 4-point line, a move that comes six years after the team unveiled the 4-point shot to worldwide acclaim. The 4-point line will be located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line. The Globetrotters previously used a four-point circle, two on each side of the court, to designate a four-point shot since they first introduced it in 2010.
“The ‘long-range shot’ is changing basketball at all levels and it’s one of the most exciting shots in the game,” said Globetrotters President Howard Smith. “The creation of the 4-point line shows that once again, the Harlem Globetrotters are ahead of the curve when it comes to basketball innovation. Whether it’s popularizing the slam dunk, the alley-oop, the 3-point shot and now the 4-point shot, the Globetrotters have been creating new ways for fans to enjoy the game for 90 years.”
The 4-point line will make its debut when the Globetrotters tip off their 2017 World Tour December 26 and will play in over 250 North American markets as well as 30 countries worldwide.