Phanatic is back! The original Phanatic can stay in Philly
Philadelphia – Fire the hot dog – Phillie Phanatic is back in Philadelphia.
Not that the amulet so much – as big as that bulging green belly – really went anywhere. But a legal dispute between the Philadelphia Phillies and the creator of the mascot forced the team to give baseball’s most popular Galapagos Islands a drastic change.
But Phillies and Harrison/Erickson, the New York company that created Phanatic, reached a settlement that allowed the more popular version to return in 2022 to Citizens Bank Park.
“We welcome the return of the original Phillie Phanatic with open arms,” Phillies Executive Vice President David Buck said on Tuesday. “We are very proud of Phanatic’s 44-year history and what the character means to the organization, to the city of Philadelphia, and to Phillies fans everywhere. Our goal throughout the process has been to come up with an amicable solution that ensures Phanatic can continue to entertain future generations of fans.”
The Phillies unveiled a redesign of their green mascot in February 2020, a new look that features flightless feathers instead of fur-colored arms, stars defining the eyes, a larger background and a light blue tail, blue socks with red boots, plus a set of underarm flaps. .
The Phillies family filed a lawsuit against Harrison/Erickson, the New York company that created Phanatic, in August 2019 in US District Court in Manhattan. The team alleged that Harrison/Ericsson had threatened to terminate Pheles’ rights to the Phanatic and “make Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated the 1984 agreement to obtain the rights to the mascot.
The terms of the settlement have not been released.
The Phanatic, who has yet to comment since his 1978 debut, released a statement Tuesday that echoed Michael Jordan’s return in the 1990s to the Chicago Bulls.
” I had returned,” He Said.
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