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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

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

Larry Scott's tenure as Pac-12 commissioner had no shortage of controversy

1/22/2021
On Wednesday the Pac-12 announced that commissioner Larry Scott's tenure would end in June, a year before his contract was set to expire. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says that over the 12 years that he ran the Pac-12, Scott had a rather lavish lifestyle that came as a great expense to the organization.

Duration:00:04:05

Seahawks keep winning duo at the top but begin search for next offensive leader

1/15/2021
With the Seahawks' early exit from the playoffs this season, many fans are wondering what the team will do in the offseason. Some questions were answered this week, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:08

What needs to happen for the Seahawks to beat the Rams in the Wild Card playoff

1/8/2021
The Seattle Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday. Kickoff is at 1:40 p.m. at Lumen Field. We get a preview from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:08

A lot to celebrate in Seattle sports in 2020 - despite COVID-19

1/1/2021
We are taking a look back at the top Seattle sports stories of 2020. But it's not a typical countdown, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:05

Healthier Seahawks team for second game against Rams on Sunday

12/24/2020
A big game for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. They host the 9-5 Los Angeles Rams in an NFC West showdown. At 10-4, the Seahawks have already clinched a playoff berth, but if they win on Sunday, they win the division. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the matchup with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:03:39

COVID-19 caused UW to miss Pac-12 championship, forgo bowl bid

12/18/2020
The Pac-12 championship football game will be played Friday night between Oregon and USC. The Washington Huskies pulled out of the game due to a COVID-19 outbreak, and on Friday afternoon, the team decided not to pursue a bowl berth . The virus seemed to be the No. 1 opponent for the conference in this shortened season, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:03

After one of the best comebacks in Seattle sports history, Sounders are poised to win third MLS Cup

12/11/2020
The Seattle Sounders FC play for their third Major League Soccer championship title Saturday night against Columbus Crew SC. It's the defending champions' fourth MLS Cup appearance in five years. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:11

Reason to celebrate: Seahawks defense improves in time for strong season finish and playoff push

12/4/2020
The Seattle Seahawks host the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. The 8-3 Seahawks are in first place in the NFC West, and KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick he expects them to stay there.

Duration:00:04:06

Defending champion Sounders advance to 12th straight MLS Western Conference semifinals

11/27/2020
The defending champion Seattle Sounders are preparing to host FC Dallas on Tuesday night, Dec. 1, in Major League Soccer's Western Conference semifinals. The Sounders beat Los Angeles FC in the opening round of the playoffs this week. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:00

A closer look at UW football's new leader and a look ahead to next week's Apple Cup

11/20/2020
The COVID-shortened college football season continues Saturday night for the University of Washington and Washington State University. UW plays Arizona, after beating Oregon State last weekend. And WSU plays Stanford, after losing to Oregon last weekend. The Huskies and Cougars will play each other next Friday, Nov. 27, in the annual Apple Cup game. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:15

Sounders look good to advance out of first round in 12th straight MLS playoff appearance

11/13/2020
The Seattle Sounders are preparing for their record-setting 12th consecutive trip to the Major League Soccer playoffs. The defending champions will face Los Angeles FC on Nov. 24 at CenturyLink Field. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:10

With cancellation of UW football opener, COVID emerges as biggest Pac-12 opponent

11/6/2020
As the Pac-12 football season gets underway this weekend, the Saturday night game between the Washington Huskies and California Golden Bears has been canceled. A player for Cal tested positive for COVID-19 and several other players are being forced to isolate due to contact tracing protocols. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about all the unknowns surrounding the Huskies and the conference this year.

Duration:00:04:17

Injuries and a poorly performing defense loom large for the Seahawks this weekend

10/30/2020
The Seattle Seahawks host another division rival in the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, on the heels of an overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Sports Commentator Art Thiel says that between injuries and the worst defense in the league, there is room for concern.

Duration:00:03:44

Thiel: Pac-12 Conference has 'best chance' of completing its COVID-shortened football season

10/23/2020
As college football fans prepare to watch a shortened season in the Pac-12, we're learning more about what the conference is doing ahead of the first games on Nov. 7 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Duration:00:04:07

Key to Seahawks' 5-0 record: 'Russell Wilson is better than the defense is bad'

10/16/2020
The Seattle Seahawks are one of only four teams in the NFL that remain undefeated this season. As the team enjoys a bye week, KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what's working and what needs improvement.

Duration:00:04:08