UPDATE: It was reported on Saturday here on eWn (see below) that Vince McMahon is personally funding a separate entity from WWE called Alpha Entertainment. His plan is to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football.
As seen on multiple mainstream media outlets, the news led to many speculating that the XFL would be returning. In an update on this, Alpha Entertainment applied to trademark “URFL” in September. Also, VKM Ventures applied to trademark “United Football League”, “UFL”, and “For the Love of Football” in September.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
ORIGINAL (By Andrew Ravens): WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has reportedly started a new company called Alpha Entertainment and many believe this company’s intention is to bring back some form of the once-defunct XFL football league.
Several media outlets picked up on the story. Thus, the WWE issued the following statement: “Vince McMahon has established and is personally funding a separate entity from WWE, Alpha Entertainment, to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football. Mr. McMahon has nothing further to announce at this time.”
The XFL only had one season, which took place in 2001 and was produced by WWE and NBC. It took place during the NFL off-season and promoted as having fewer rules and encouraging rougher play than other major leagues.