After racking up complaints, Sports55 is changing its name

SEVERNA PARK, Md. - A Severna Park sports uniform company with a history of complaints says it is changing its name and starting over with new management.  But that's not what we found.

ABC2 Investigators first exposed problems with Sports55 in July .  The company has racked up complaints with the Maryland Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau, with customers from across the country claiming the uniforms they ordered showed up with a heavy delay or never showed up at all.

Now, the website for Sports55 says the company is being replaced with a new one, TeamUniforms123.  The site claims it will be run by new management and a new ownership team. 

But ABC2 Investigators looked at the registration for the TeamUniforms123 website and found it was registered by John Eberl, the prior spokesman for Sports55 who handled all inquiries related to the company during our original investigation.

Sports55 has 28 complaints filed with the Attorney General's office during 2013.  Angie Barnett with the BBB says they've also seen additional complaints since our story aired in July, with a total of approximately 2,400 inquiries related to the company in the last 12 months.

Barnett says even though the company is changing names, its history won't disappear.  She says their complaint histories will be linked so consumers are aware.

"When you see it's the same people, you have to ask the same question, will they do the same thing under a different name," Barnett questioned.

ABC2 Investigators have also learned Sports55 will be on the agenda at Fort Meade's Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board meeting Thursday.  Base spokeswoman Mary Doyle confirms the company came on the radar after dealing with a military softball team that reported difficulties.

According to Doyle, the board will vote on whether to add Sports55 to its "off-limits" list, essentially banning the company from doing business with people on the base. 

Sports55 and TeamUniforms123 did not respond to a request for comment.

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