Phillies sue to keep Phanatic from free agency
The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green furry fan favorite from becoming a free agent.
In a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/ Erickson threatened to terminate the Phillies’ rights to the Phanatic on June 15, 2020, and “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated its 1984 agreement to acquire the mascot’s rights.
The team said it contracted with Harrison/ Erickson in 1978 to develop the mascot. The Phillies also said they reached agreements with H/E in 1979 and 1984, the latter a $215,000 deal to by all rights to the “artistic sculpture known as the ‘Phillie Phanatic.’ ”
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The Phillie Phanatic, right, was created by the Harrison/Erickson company in New York. It debuted in 1978.