Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes, left, and Reed Luter, 10, demonstrate how to spin a basketball on the index finger during the unveiling of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book in Irving, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. Playing with the Harlem Globetrotters in a game as a special guest in the 2008-09 season is one of the featured wow gifts in the Christmas Book. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)

Donna McWilliam

Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation (HFE) has announced it has acquired Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. (HGI) from Shamrock Capital Advisors. Effective immediately, HGI, whose corporate offices are based in Phoenix, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HFE. HFE is the largest family-owned themed attractions company in the U.S., owning and operating 26 properties throughout the country, including theme parks, aquariums, hospitality businesses and tours.

The Globetrotters perform more than 400 live events worldwide annually, reaching more than 3 million fans in over 30 countries.

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