Sports with Art Thiel

Covering all the major professional sports teams in Seattle as well as the University of Washington and Washington State University. Kirsten and Art also talk about the business of sports, such as the proposal to build a new arena in Seattle. Other issues they've discussed include head injuries in sports and the crackdown on domestic violence.

Thiel offers a unique and informed perspective to KNKX listeners. His philosophy for his commentary on KNKX is to give the casual sports fan "enough information to be interesting at a party."

You can hear Sports with Art Thiel every Friday on Morning Edition at 5:45 and 7:45 and on All Things Considered at 4:44 only on KNKX.

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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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The Seahawks are still making headlines despite being out of the NFL playoffs. Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about what went wrong this season and how to fix it.

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The Seahawks play the Falcons in Atlanta Saturday afternoon in the NFC divisional playoff game. Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick that he thinks the Atlanta offense may be too tough to beat.

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The Seahawks host the Detroit Lions Saturday night in the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs. Kickoff is at 5:15 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the game, and also about why it’s so impressive that the Seahawks have made it to the postseason again.

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The University of Washington takes on No.1 Alabama Saturday in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia.

It’s one of two NCAA semifinal games. And knkx sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick that it’s the biggest game in Husky football history.

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It's been quite a remarkable year for Seattle sports. It's time for knkx sports commentator Art Thiel to count down his top five stories of 2016.

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With word this week that Seattle’s KeyArena will host next year’s WNBA All-Star Game for the first time, there are new developments in the effort to make that venue suitable for the NBA and NHL. Meanwhile, plans to build a proposed sports arena in Seattle’s SoDo District continue.

The latest from knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seattle Sounders play in their first-ever MLS Cup Saturday night in Canada against Toronto FC.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the matchup and how the Sounders’ rocky road to the championship is similar to another Seattle sports team.

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The Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is 5:30.

We have a preview of the game from knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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For the first time ever, the Washington Huskies are in the Pac-12 Championship. They play Colorado Friday night in Santa Clara, Calif.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick that a big win for the Huskies could mean a spot in the national playoffs.

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The Seattle Sounders play the Colorado Rapids Sunday afternoon in Colorado in the second leg of the Western Conference Finals. The Sounders won the first match Tuesday night, 2-to-1.

Sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick about what needs to happen to send the Sounders to their first MLS Cup.

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It’s almost Apple Cup time! The annual college football rivalry game between the University of Washington and Washington State takes place in Pullman the day after Thanksgiving.

And knkx sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick there’s a lot more at stake than just bragging rights this year.

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A lot of talk in the football world this week has been centered on Seattle. The national spotlight started with the Seahawks on "Monday Night Football." And it continues through the weekend with a big game for the Washington Huskies.

We learn more in this week’s conversation between knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners and their fans may be able to learn some lessons from the Chicago Cubs, who are celebrating their first World Series championship in 108 years.

Sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the Cubs’ big Game 7 win and how it applies to baseball in Seattle.

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The proposal for a new sports arena in Seattle just got more interesting - and more complicated. Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick about what's going on.

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When the Seahawks play the Cardinals in Arizona Sunday evening, a lot of eyes will be on cornerback Richard Sherman.

We find out why in this week’s conversation between knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seahawks host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

Sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick that this game will definitely be one to watch – for many reasons.

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The No. 5 Washington Huskies take on the Oregon Ducks Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Eugene. Washington is undefeated so far this season. But that’s not the case when it comes to its record against Oregon.

Sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick that the Huskies have a good chance to change that this year – especially after their performance last Friday night.

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The Seattle Sounders play the Vancouver Whitecaps in British Columbia Sunday evening. They’re coming off a big win this week that earned them the sixth and final playoff spot for Major League Soccer’s Western Conference with just four regular season games left to play.

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 Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel told 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick the team has a good shot at winning despite having one glaring weakness.

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The Mariners host the Houston Astros at Safeco Field this weekend as the pennant race heats up. The Mariners have won eight games in a row, including all of the games on their latest road trip.

Sports commentator Art Thiel says it's a very exciting time for the team and their fans.

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The Seahawks open the regular season at home on Sunday afternoon against the Miami Dolphins.

Knkx sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick about the pros and cons for the team this year.

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The University of Washington football team begins its 2016 season this weekend. The Huskies host Rutgers Saturday at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

Sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick the Huskies are expected to do great things this season.

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