A follow-up report by Rovell on ESPN.com said McMahon is also fresh off a sale of 3.34 million WWE shares (or about $100 million worth) to help fund his Alpha Entertainment company amid his pursuit of a new XFL.
ESPN's Darren Rovell is reporting on Thursday that McMahon and Alpha Entertainment, the separate company that Vince is starting to run this venture and possibly a few others, have filed for five different trademarks in relation to the football league.
Rumors have surfaced that WWE boss Vince McMahon is looking to revive the XFL, and there are now receipts indicating he's well on his way. Most of that smoke was about McMahon securing trademarks related to the XFL, trademarks that he previously abandoned because he thought he was out of the pro football business.
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There had already been plenty of smoke around McMahon wanting to reboot the XFL, which crashed and burned after one season in 2001.
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"After the sale, Mr. McMahon beneficially owns 32,193,375 shares of the Company's Class B common stock, which represents approximately 82.8% of the Company's total voting power and approximately 41.8% of the Company's total outstanding shares of common stock", the official legalese from SEC reads. The news, which was originally broken by freelance writer Brad Shepard, was reported by Deadspin after they reached out to WWE regarding the possible relaunch of the XFL.
The league could have a political bent, as former reality TV show host and U.S. president Donald Trump - a friend of McMahon - has recently criticised the NFL.