Friday, August 14, 2015

Harlem Globetrotters Dump Washington Generals After 63 Years

The Harlem Globetrotters have dropped the Washington Generals as their primary opponents after 63 years.

During that time, the Generals had a record of 1-16,000+ against the Globetrotters. The lone win came in 1971.

Here are more details from

The Washington Generals have lost their last game.

Generals' general manager John Ferrari, who started running the business for his father-in-law, Red Klotz, in 1987, confirmed Thursday that the Harlem Globetrotters had dropped the Generals, their longtime foe, as an opponent.

Ferrari said that -- much like the teams he fielded -- he wasn't even given a chance.

"I got a call about a month ago, and they just told me that that was it," Ferrari said. "I turned to my wife and just said to her, in disbelief, 'It's over.'"

In the past two decades, the Globetrotters have changed hands over and over again, the most recent time being in 2013, by Herschend Enterprises.

Many believe the change is a financial one. Instead of having to pay Ferrari to arrange for an opponent, why shouldn't they do it themselves?

"All great rivalries come to an end, and as we get set to celebrate our 90th anniversary, we are excited to take on a new opponent," Globetrotters legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, who currently coaches one of the Globetrotters teams, said in a statement. "We are looking forward to building a new great rivalry as we entertain families worldwide for years."

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The Generals posted this message on their website:

The Washington Generals organization were the opponents of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters from 1952 to 2015.

For all the many players and fans throughout the world who supported us, we sincerely thank you.

Former St. Catharine College forward Ervin Williams was a member of the Generals.

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