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Mascot Creators Harrison/Erickson Respond to "New" Phillie Phanatic

The following is a statement issued in full by Harrison/Erickson regarding Sunday's changes to the Phillie Phanatic: 

The creators of the original Phillie Phanatic, Bonnie Erickson and Wayde Harrison (who are represented by law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP), expressed their dismay at the appearance Sunday of the so-called “new” Phillie Phanatic at the Phillies spring training game:

“The Phillies lack of good faith in negotiating for an extension of the copyright assignment for the Phillie Phanatic is disappointing,” said Wayde Harrison. “But the unveiling of the so-called ‘new’ Phanatic on Sunday is an afront [sic] to our intellectual property rights and to Phillies fans everywhere.”

“For more than 40 years, we have worked closely with the Phillies, making all the Phanatic costumes, providing artwork and ideas until June of 2018,” added Bonnie Erickson. “The Phanatic has performed successfully for the Phillies and the city of Philadelphia for decades. The ‘business decision’ by the Phillies to roll out this ‘new’ Phanatic is a transparent attempt to deny us our rights under of the Copyright Act. We would love to have the real Phanatic continue with the Phillies.” 

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John Mitchell

I agree wholeheartedly. The philly's management is greedy which is all too normal in today's world. Everyone loves the Phanatic and the kids of yesteryear and today are the most important element in perpetuating him just as he is and always has been. He is the best mascot in all of sports, but the philly's management just don't realize the teasure they have. They see only their immediate bottom line and don't care about the long term and about true sharing. If they win, they'll destroy the Phanatic in the near future. Let's hope they will reconsider.

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