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KNKX: Sports With Art Thiel

KNKX Public Radio

Covering all the major professional sports teams in Seattle as well as the University of Washington and Washington State University. 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."

Covering all the major professional sports teams in Seattle as well as the University of Washington and Washington State University. 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."
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Location:

Tacoma, WA

Description:

Covering all the major professional sports teams in Seattle as well as the University of Washington and Washington State University. 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."

Twitter:

@KPLU

Language:

English

Contact:

12180 Park Ave S. Tacoma, WA 98447 253-535-7758


Episodes

What a 'new era' of ownership means for the Seattle Sounders and its fans

8/16/2019
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"It's the beginning of a new era." That's how KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel describes the new names added to the Seattle Sounders ownership group this week. It's the topic of his most recent chat with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:06

Beckham's 80-game suspension is another bad log on an already bad fire

8/9/2019
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News came out on Tuesday that Seattle Mariner Tim Beckham has been suspended for 80 games for using a performance enhancing drug. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX’s Kevin Kniestedt about how Beckham should have, and probably did, know better.

Duration:00:03:57

A departure for Pete Carroll: Seahawks offense may carry the defense this season

8/2/2019
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The next Seahawks season is upon us. Training camp is underway and the team plays its first exhibition game Aug. 8, against the Denver Broncos at home. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about how the season is shaping up.

Duration:00:04:10

Major League Baseball will likely have a record number of home runs this season. Here's why.

7/26/2019
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If you've been thinking there are more home runs than usual in Major League Baseball these days, you're right. It looks like the league is going to set a record this year for the number of home runs hit in a season. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about why this is happening.

Duration:00:04:12

The 'one who stayed' gets his plaque: Cooperstown welcomes Edgar Martinez

7/19/2019
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Edgar Martinez, the beloved designated hitter who spent his entire career with the Seattle Mariners, will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. Finally. “It took 10 years for the baseball world to understand Edgar’s contribution and status,” KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick in their weekly chat.

Duration:00:08:45

Thiel: Proposed Tacoma soccer complex 'worthwhile' if public contribution is minimal

7/12/2019
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Taxpayer money would be required to help build a proposed soccer complex in Tacoma. But is there support to use public funding for a sports-related project when the region is dealing with a homelessness crisis? It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:14

Thiel: Vogelbach 'worthy' of All-Star selection, part of team's rebuilding

7/5/2019
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Major League Baseball's All-Star game takes place Tuesday, July 9, in Cleveland. The Mariners' lone representative is Daniel Vogelbach. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the selection and how the team is doing midseason.

Duration:00:04:05

Reign FC star Megan Rapinoe at (familiar) center of controversy for Trump comments

6/28/2019
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Reign FC and U.S. women's national team star Megan Rapinoe is standing by her comment that she would not go to the White House and meet with President Trump, if the defending champions win the World Cup again. They're one step closer to that goal after Friday's 2-1 win over France in the quarterfinals, which saw Rapinoe scoring both U.S. goals like she did against Spain earlier in the week. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the...

Duration:00:03:43

Why not have an opening act? Mariners try the trend of an 'opening pitcher'

6/21/2019
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Watching a Major League Baseball game has become more like going to a music concert. The use of opening pitchers is becoming more common. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the trend with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:05

The question of sportsmanship in two controversial celebrations

6/14/2019
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Two celebrations in the sports world caused controversies this week. One involved Toronto Raptors fans in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The other involved the U.S. women's national soccer team at the World Cup. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the issue of sportsmanship with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:17

More than just an 'evolution'? New Seahawks dance team includes men

6/7/2019
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The Seahawks have announced they've added men to their dance team — changing the name from the Sea Gals to the Seahawks Dancers. Eight male dancers have joined 30 women for the 2019 season. The Seahawks are one of only a few NFL teams to include men on their dance squads. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick that he's trying to figure out whether this is just "an evolution" — as the team is calling it — or something more.

Duration:00:04:19

'Step back' strategy has Mariners stuck and some players frustrated

5/31/2019
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After having the best record in baseball at the start of the season, the Mariners are now last in the American League West with the most errors in Major League Baseball. The team said it would be "stepping back" this season, in order to start rebuilding. But KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick that there are some unintended consequences to that strategy.

Duration:00:04:14

This is why Bobby Wagner should be paid top dollar in a new contract

5/24/2019
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The Seahawks may be in for a contentious summer as star linebacker Bobby Wagner tries to negotiate a new contract with the team. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:03:55

Why Doug Baldwin is one of the most compelling figures in Seattle sports

5/17/2019
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Former Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin confirmed this week that he is, indeed, retiring from football. He issued a touching farewell on social media. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked about Baldwin's legacy.

Duration:00:04:14

Seahawks' newest defender took a nontraditional path to the NFL

5/10/2019
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The Seahawks have added a new defender to their roster this week. And KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick that Ezekiel Ansah has a pretty interesting backstory.

Duration:00:03:58

Draft helps Seahawks fill holes; filling Doug Baldwin's shoes is another story

5/3/2019
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Rookie camp is happening this weekend at Seahawks headquarters in Renton. It’s the first look at the team’s 2019 draft class. Sports commentator Art Thiel breaks down the draft results and their implications in his weekly chat with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:13

Two health blows, other challenges for Seattle Storm ahead of 2019 season

4/26/2019
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The Seattle Storm's season doesn't start until next month, but the team already has suffered a few setbacks. At the top of the list: the loss of star player Breanna Stewart. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:11

How Russell Wilson's new contract helps secure his place in Seattle sports history

4/19/2019
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We're taking a closer look at what Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's new $140 million, four-year contract means for the team and the city of Seattle. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the importance of securing Wilson and, in turn, securing his place in Seattle sports history.

Duration:00:04:19

'This is just magic.' The Mariners have the best record in baseball

4/12/2019
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The Mariners return home to T-Mobile Park this weekend with the best record in Major League Baseball: 13-2. They're hosting the Houston Astros after sweeping the Kansas City Royals this week. The team won Thursday 7-6 in 10 innings. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the team's unexpected and record-breaking start.

Duration:00:04:18

'The cards are mostly held by the Seahawks.' Thiel weighs in on Wilson's contract deadline.

4/5/2019
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We've been hearing this week about Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson giving the team a deadline of April 15 for a contract extension. He's about to enter the last year of his current deal. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the factors that might make Wilson stay or go.

Duration:00:04:14