Art Thiel

Sports Commentator

Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,”  which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between historylink.org and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University as well as two dead papers and a live one, the News Tribune of Tacoma, he has become a fan of entrepreneurial online journalism because it allows him to continue a lifelong passion to take the English language to places it rarely visits willingly, and does not involve the cleaning of kennels or stables.

Kirsten Kendrick's Q. & A. with Thiel can be heard every Friday during M.E. at 5:45am and 7:45am and again that same day on ATC at 4:45pm. It also airs Saturday at 6:35am and 9:35am.

Ways to Connect

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The Seahawks play their second preseason game Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field. One big question is if any other teammates will join defensive end Michael Bennett when he sits during the national anthem.

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The Mariners celebrated one of their most famous players this weekend: Edgar Martinez. The team retired Edgar’s No. 11 jersey in a pregame ceremony at Safeco Field Saturday night. And they unveiled a plaque with his number in center field – next to Ken Griffey Junior’s No. 24 and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talks with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the Mariners, including a move that Art says would help the team get to the playoffs. But first, they discuss honoring Edgar.

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Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor signed a 3-year, $36 million contract extension with the team this week. Fans know Chancellor for his dominance on defense. But there’s more to him. And he has a lot in common with a retired Seahawk who’s about to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

It’s all part of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seahawks begin training camp on Sunday at the team's headquarters in Renton. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel has the latest on what fans can expect this season.

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Seattle hosts the WNBA All-Star Game for the first time Saturday afternoon at KeyArena. One of the big draws for local fans will be to honor Storm veteran Sue Bird.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88'5’s Kirsten Kendrick about Bird – and her team – being in the national spotlight this week.

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The Mariners start the second half of the season Friday night against the White Sox in Chicago. Their general manager admits the team underperformed in the first half. But the Mariners remain on the fringes of the Wild Card race.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the team’s biggest challenges.

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It may be the offseason for the Seattle Seahawks, but quarterback Russell Wilson is keeping busy. He has a new venture. And it’s the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seattle Mariners are a little over a week away from wrapping up the first half of the season, and the M’s have taken their fans on a roller coaster ride so far. Countless injuries and stretches of winning streaks followed by losing streaks have toyed with the emotions of their loyal supporters.

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The Seattle Sounders are at the midpoint of their season. Despite winning the MLS Cup championship last year, the team is struggling on offense and has more losses than wins.

Can they still make the playoffs? KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about that with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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Clear The Air

Thiel said it was about time the media and fans heard from Sherman. He held a press conference Wednesday after Seahawks minicamp.

"I think the Seahawks wanted Richard to address the local media. He said he wanted to clear the air.

"Because by the end of last season he wasn't speaking to anyone, which is very uncharacteristic. He was voted the previous year as the media good guy because he's very comfortable in front of crowds; he enjoys the banter.

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People who live near Seattle Center and sports fans throughout the region may be wondering what happens next, now that Mayor Ed Murray has selected a proposal for the renovation of KeyArena.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick the arena saga is far from over.

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It’s a big week for women’s sports at the University of Washington. One team is playing for a second national title and another is celebrating its fourth one.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The investigation continues into the death of Seahawks legend and Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy.

His sudden passing this week has his former teammates, fans and KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talking about the legacy of the man who was larger than life. Art spoke with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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There’s been a lot of talk this week about the possibility that former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick may likely end up as the backup quarterback for the Seahawks. Kaepernick got a lot of attention last year for kneeling during the national anthem at football games, and was an arch rival to the Seahawks during his time in San Francisco.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says that for starters, nothing has actually happened yet. The Seahawks have admitted that they have expressed interest in Kaepernick, but some things have to happen before he becomes a Seahawk.

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The Mariners are in Toronto this weekend for a series with the Blue Jays. The team has been doing well lately, despite temporarily losing almost all of its starting pitchers to injuries.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick he's not too worried about it.

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The 11 players drafted by the Seahawks are getting ready for rookie camp at the team's headquarters in Renton next weekend, May 12-14.

The Seahawks made a shrewd move to increase the size of their draft class this year. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick the team is always full of surprises.

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The Mariners are wrapping up a road trip this weekend with a three-game series in Cleveland. They’re also finishing a month that featured some pretty demoralizing losses.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel explains to 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick why he still has hope for the team this season.

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As the Seahawks look to the future in preparing for next week's NFL draft, they're also having to deal with a controversy that's very much in the present: what to do with star cornerback Richard Sherman.

It’s the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The city of Seattle is now examining two proposals submitted this week to renovate KeyArena for the NBA or NHL. There should be a decision by the end of June whether the city will go with one of these two plans or move forward with an arena proposal in the SoDo area.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the plans.

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The Mariners play their home opener on Monday afternoon at Safeco Field. They started the season on the road with some new faces and some new injuries.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the team’s chances this season.

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For the first time ever, two Northwest teams are playing in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Both semifinal games are being held in Phoenix, Arizona, Saturday. Spokane’s Gonzaga University plays South Carolina at 3 p.m. PST. Then Oregon plays North Carolina.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the matchups and who he thinks will be this year’s college basketball champion.

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The University of Washington officially introduced its new head basketball coach to players and the public this week. Longtime Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins replaced the fired Lorenzo Romar.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about Hopkins.

Editor's note: Former UW star recruit Michael Porter Jr. announced Friday he will attend the University of Missouri. The audio and text have been updated to reflect that news.

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Sounders fans will have another chance to celebrate the team’s MLS Cup title on Sunday. There will be a special ceremony before the start of the home opener against the New York Red Bulls at CenturyLink Field.

The team is off to a slow start this season and KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says that needs to change soon.

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The University of Washington men’s basketball team just finished one of the worst seasons in team history. They lost Wednesday night against USC in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. That has raised questions about whether coach Lorenzo Romar should be fired.

And KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick that it’s not the only problem the UW athletic department has right now.

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The Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament is being played at KeyArena through the weekend. One of the biggest names in college basketball – the University of Washington’s Kelsey Plum – is a big draw. If Plum and the Huskies do well in this tournament, it will help their position in the NCAA tournament. 

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Developer Chris Hansen is talking publicly for the first time in nearly two years about his plans for a sports arena in Seattle’s SoDo district. This is happening as the city requests proposals to redevelop KeyArena and as Hansen's agreement with the city and county is set to expire in November.

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Mariners spring training is now underway in Peoria, Arizona. There are some new players for fans to get to know. And there are questions about whether one veteran player will be able to deliver.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about what he expects this season.

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It’s been quite a season for two college basketball teams in Washington. The Gonzaga men’s team is ranked No. 1 in the nation. And the University of Washington women are 10th in the country. But it’s quite a different story for the UW men’s team.

It's the topic of this week's chat between knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick.

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For Seahawks fans, this Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup in Houston between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons may be hard to watch – for many reasons.

But knkx sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick that it’s not all bad

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The Mariners plan to retire the No. 11 jersey of hitting legend Edgar Martinez. It will happen in a ceremony this summer. That’s also when the class of 2017 will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. When the inductees were announced last week, Edgar’s name was not on the list. But he got the most votes he’s ever received.

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