I have been a huge Philadelphia Phillies fan for as long as I can remember. I remember watching them win the 1980 World Series when I was only 7 years old and have great memories rooting for the Phillies with my father and my grandfather.
The Phillie Phanatic has been the Phillies mascot for more than 40 years. Now the Phillies have sued the company who designed and created the mascot for trying to renege on a 1984 contract that allowed the Phillies to use the mascot “forever.” According to the lawsuit, the design company has threatened the Phillies with an injunction unless the Phillies renegotiate the contract and pay millions of dollars. The design company, Harrison/Erickson, has filed a Counterclaim
The Phillies purchased the rights to the Phanatic in 1984 for $215,000. As is usual for cases involving contracts, the language in the agreement will be key for determining which party is successful. The Phillies claim that the $215,000 payment granted them the rights to the character “forever.”
The Phanatic is an institution in Philadelphia. Hopefully, this lawsuit resolves. Go Phillies!
The Phanatic is an institution in Philadelphia. Hopefully, this lawsuit resolves.