In the 1970's the Harlem Globetrotters defined professional basketball for much of the globe. The NBA was not quite yet flourishing, but these barnstorming hoop geniuses were selling out arenas all over the world. Millionaire Abe Saperstein formed the team in Chicago in 1927, and the Globetrotters brought a special brand of shenanigans and showmanship everywhere they performed. Their exposure was increased by many appearances on shows like ABC's Wide World of Sports and The CBS Sports Spectacular, so it only seemed logical that they would branch out beyond the basketball arena.
The Harlem Globetrotters TV Episode Guide :