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Sixers Mascot Tweeters Trade Handles for Season Tickets

Dec 12, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

It's not often the Sixers make headlines over at Mashable, but over the weekend, an interesting story on their interaction with a pair of fans was posted. If you're on Twitter, you've probably seen the two accounts that popped up just after the team announced its mascot ballot, one for each of Phil E. Moose and B. Franklin Dogg. Well, they weren't opened by the Sixers, and the team wanted the handles, according to Jerry Rizzo and Hunter Coleman, who created them. The deal brokered between the team and the two fans isn't bad...

It’s not often the Sixers make headlines over at Mashable, but over the weekend, an interesting story on their interaction with a pair of fans was posted. If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably seen the two accounts that popped up just after the team announced its mascot ballot, one for each of Phil E. Moose and B. Franklin Dogg. Well, they weren’t opened by the Sixers, and the team wanted the handles, according to Jerry Rizzo and Hunter Coleman, who created them. The deal brokered between the team and the two fans isn’t bad…

The pair of friends say they were contacted by the team and asked to hand over the handles and passwords somewhat nicely, but with the hint of possible legal action if not. After some deliberation, they exchanged the handles for season tickets and a pair of box seats to the Sixers home opener. Rizzo and Coleman will also help the team with future fan engagement projects.

Who knew impersonating not-yet-actual mascots on twitter could have such a reward? If only all fake accounts came with rewards besides the spoils of prankery.