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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. 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.

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.

Location:

Tacoma, WA

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@KPLU

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Thiel: Mariners' top prospect Kelenic will be back, has 'all attributes to be a star'

6/11/2021
The Mariners' top prospect Jarred Kelenic is once again playing in Triple-A Tacoma. He was sent down this week after going hitless in his last 39 plate appearances for a batting average of .096. Here is some perspective from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel in his conversation this week with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:11

Increase in injuries across Major League Baseball in 2021 – especially for the Mariners

6/4/2021
The Seattle Mariners have led Major League Baseball in the number of players injured this season. Injuries are up all across baseball this year. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:05

Young talent on display as Seattle Sounders have their best start in team history

5/28/2021
The Seattle Sounders host Austin FC Sunday night at Lumen Field. With a 5-0-2 record, the Sounders are enjoying their best start ever. They're also at the top of Major League Soccer's overall standings. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:03:45

The Mariners' batting woes aren't unique this season, just more severe

5/21/2021
The Seattle Mariners find themselves with a losing record heading into a West Coast road trip and find themselves to continue to struggle mightily at the on the offensive side of things. I spoke to KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel about why they are having such a hard time at bat.

Duration:00:03:51

Defending champs Seattle Storm begin 2021 season with rematch of 2020 WNBA Finals

5/14/2021
The Seattle Storm begin their 2021 season Saturday afternoon at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. They're playing the Las Vegas Aces - the team they beat in the finals last year to win their fourth WNBA championship. We learn more about the Storm's season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:18

No-hitter is no surprise: Mariners' bats are at the bottom in Major League Baseball

5/7/2021
The Seattle Mariners are on the road for their next five games. They're in second place in the American League West, despite being on the losing end of a no-hitter on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles. The M's bats are a problem right now. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:17

Seahawks' Pete Carroll on QB rumors: 'We knew the truth; we weren't trading Russell Wilson'

4/30/2021
The NFL draft is underway. The Seattle Seahawks have three picks this year - the fewest in franchise history. We did hear from Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll this week. But the main topic wasn't the draft: It was quarterback Russell Wilson. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:03:54

Seattle Sounders off to a strong start in 2021

4/23/2021
The Seattle Sounders are on the road for their second Major League Soccer match this season. They play Los Angeles FC Saturday afternoon. The Sounders won their first match last week at Lumen Field. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. The Sounders have two MLS Cup titles. They made it to the championship match last year - for the fourth time in five seasons - but lost to the Columbus Crew 3-0. Last week's 4-0 win over Minnesota was...

Duration:00:04:11

Seahawks' latest acquisition: He used to cause headaches for the team; now he's a teammate

4/16/2021
The Seattle Seahawks continue to make moves ahead of the NFL draft later this month. The latest acquisition happened this week with the signing of defensive end Aldon Smith. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:14

Thiel: 'Only thing missing is time' for Gonzaga to eventually win national championship

4/9/2021
The Gonzaga men's basketball team came close this week to being the first undefeated national champions since 1976. But they lost to Baylor in the title game. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick have a look at the history of this successful program and what's in store for its future.

Duration:00:04:19

Thiel: Some bright spots but no playoffs for Mariners in 2021; team 'out of excuses' next year

4/2/2021
The Seattle Mariners' 2021 season is officially underway. They're hosting the San Francisco Giants for three games at T-Mobile Park. Fans are back but in a limited capacity under Phase 3 of the state's COVID reopening plan. We learn more about the season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:15

Pac-12 men impressive in March Madness, but Gonzaga 'still favored to win' first NCAA title

3/26/2021
The NCAA basketball tournament resumes Saturday with the Sweet 16 matchups. On the men's side, this follows a wild five days of upsets, led by the Pac-12 Conference. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:10

Seahawks' recent acquisitions should make Russell Wilson happy

3/19/2021
The Seattle Seahawks made some moves in free agency this week. And it looks like their highest-paid player is staying put. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:10

Thiel: Undefeated Gonzaga on track for first national championship

3/12/2021
The Gonzaga men's basketball team will find out Sunday where they will be seeded in the NCAA tournament. They're expected to be ranked No. 1 overall since they're entering the tournament with an undefeated record. It's quite a contrast to how the seasons went for the University of Washington and Washington State University, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:12

Can the Seattle Storm reach even greater heights? Team signs Sue Bird for 20th season

3/5/2021
Seattle Storm fans are celebrating this week's announcement that Sue Bird has signed on for her 20th season with the team. Bird has helped bring four WNBA championships to the city. And her achievements don't end there, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:06

What happens next? The fallout from controversial remarks, resignation of Mariners CEO Kevin Mather

2/26/2021
It was a stressful first week of spring training for the Seattle Mariners. The team's president and CEO Kevin Mather resigned Monday after controversial comments he made to a Bellevue Rotary club went viral. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the fallout with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:11

A fan favorite is back with the Mariners for 2021: The Big Maple, pitcher James Paxton

2/19/2021
The Seattle Mariners begin spring training workouts next week in Arizona. And a familiar face is back. Starting pitcher James Paxton has signed a one-year deal with the team worth $8.5 million. We learn more about Paxton's return and the Mariners' 2021 season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:11

Russell Wilson wants better pass protection, other changes to Seahawks' offense

2/12/2021
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made news this week in more ways than one. He was honored as the NFL's Man of the Year for his charitable work. But in interviews after the award , he expressed serious concerns about the Seahawks' offense. What does that say about his future with the team? KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about that with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:13

Thiel: Need to hear more from Seahawks, NFL, union in wake of Chad Wheeler felony assault case

2/5/2021
A trial will take place in April for a former member of the Seattle Seahawks who is charged with felony domestic violence. Chad Wheeler was arraigned this week. Authorities accuse him of violently attacking his girlfriend in their Kent apartment last month. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. (W arning: Details of this story are disturbing.)

Duration:00:04:23

Seahawks 'might really have something' with new offensive coordinator from rival Rams

1/29/2021
The Seattle Seahawks have hired Los Angeles Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron as the team's new offensive coordinator. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick take a closer look at the impact he might have on the team.

Duration:00:04:09