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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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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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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