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Fear Not Football! Daniel Flynn Will Save You!

Daniel FlynnIf you thought sports was the one area in American public life relatively immune from politicization, think again. Breitbart.com announced yesterday that author Daniel Flynn is coming on as editor of Breitbart Sports. Flynn is most well known for his book, The War on Football: Saving America’s Game, which attempts to refute the slew of negative stories reported recently about the health effects the game has on players, and the NFL’s handling of the situation. To say that Flynn’s reporting style is combative is a bit of an understatement -but perhaps that’s appropriate for his new beat.

“Dan Flynn is a historian who has built his career by conducting deep-dive research to debunk myths fed to Americans by the media class, in the sports world and beyond,” said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow.  “His knowledge base, natural skepticism, and abundant energy make him an ideal person to lead our coverage of sports and enable Breitbart to penetrate the sports media echo chamber serving as gateway to introduce a new audience to the Breitbart News brand.”

We’re not sure how sports fans will take to the Breitbart News brand, but the NFL commissioners, at least, will probably be glad to have Flynn around.

Read the memo announcing the hire after the jump.

One week prior to Super Bowl XLVIII, the Breitbart News Network announced today the addition of Daniel J. Flynn, the author of The War on Football:  Saving America’s Game, as the new Editor of Breitbart Sports.

“Breitbart News and Breitbart Sports have never shied away from shedding the wolf-pack of journalists and going lone-wolf when the truth demands it,” said Flynn.  “Having spent much of the last year rebelling against pack journalism’s attack on America’s game in my book ‘The War on Football: Saving America’s Game,’ editing Breitbart Sports struck me as a perfect fit. I’m excited to cover what excites Americans: sports.” 

Flynn will be providing Breitbart readers with Super Bowl coverage live from New York and will be reporting from the arena floor at UFC 169 Saturday night.  Flynn has already broken several major stories at Breitbart Sports, including a series on football suicides that forced the source of the widely cited statistic that NFL players kill themselves at six times the national average to retract the claim.

Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon commented, “With as many battles that we cover on a daily basis why does Breitbart News cover sports?  Simple: culture drives politics and now, more than ever, sports drives culture.  Dan Flynn is a unique combination of intellectual heavyweight and tough-as-nails street fighter.  Perfect casting for the Breitbart ‘fight club’.”

“With the addition of Flynn, Breitbart Sports will have a unique ability to showcase the stories and perspectives that often go un-reported by the main-stream sports media,” said Breitbart News President and CEO Larry Solov.

“Dan Flynn is a historian who has built his career by conducting deep-dive research to debunk myths fed to Americans by the media class, in the sports world and beyond,” said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow.  “His knowledge base, natural skepticism, and abundant energy make him an ideal person to lead our coverage of sports and enable Breitbart to penetrate the sports media echo chamber serving as gateway to introduce a new audience to the Breitbart News brand.”

In December, Flynn’s investigative reports exposed how the company behind headline-grabbing claims of a CTE diagnoses for living NFL players refused to identify a significant conflict-of-interest as doctors invested in the company were validating their own research.

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