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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 Seahawks play their first home game of the season this Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys. And the team is looking for its first win.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what's been going wrong and right.

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Seattle Storm fans will gather at Seattle Center this Sunday to honor the team. They won their third WNBA title this week, defeating the Washington Mystics in a three-game sweep.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel tells host Kirsten Kendrick that the Storm was the team to beat all season. And they had a not-so-secret weapon.

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The Seahawks begin their regular season on Sunday in Denver. The team got some good news this week with the return of holdout Earl Thomas.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about Thomas and the outlook for the Seahawks this season.

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The University of Washington football team opens its season this weekend. The Huskies play Auburn Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in Atlanta.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel tells KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it’s a big game for a team that’s expected to have a stellar season.

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The Seattle Storm will play the Phoenix Mercury in the semi-final round of the WNBA playoffs. The first game is Sunday at 2 p.m. at KeyArena.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked to Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about how the Storm has stood out this season.

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The Mariners host the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend at Safeco Field. The team is coming off a road trip that included a lot of drama.

It’s the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

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For the first time since he was drafted by the Mariners in 2005, former American League Cy Young award winner Felix Hernandez has been demoted from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Mariners manager Scott Servais made the announcement Thursday night.

Felix, who pitched a perfect game in 2012, is having the worst season of his career this year as the team is vying for the playoffs.  KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel spoke by phone early Friday morning with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners are at the end of a 20-year lease at Safeco Field. They’re asking for $180 million in public funding to help pay for upgrades and repairs at the stadium as part of a new, tentative lease agreement between the team and the King County Executive.

We hear what KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel thinks about that in his chat this week with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Training camp is now underway for the Seattle Seahawks. There are a lot of changes this year. And there may be more as the team works to try to keep free safety Earl Thomas. He’s holding out for a contract extension and more money.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the storylines he’s following, which include the return of Russell Wilson.

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The Seattle Storm is on fire this season with the best record in the WNBA. And three Storm players were named league All-Stars this week: Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd. For Sue Bird, it’s a season of records as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Major league baseball’s All-Star break is next week. That typically signals the halfway point of the season. The Mariners had four players selected to the All-Star Game, and they boast the fourth best record in all of baseball.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says that has a lot to do with the offense living up to expectations and the starting pitching exceeding expectations.

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The news this week that a neck injury has ended the playing career of Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is just the latest blow to Seahawks fans.

The team is going to look a lot different this fall – on the field and on the sidelines. That prompted KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to ask sports commentator Art Thiel about the impact on head coach Pete Carroll.

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There are more questions than answers in the news this week that Washington State University backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski had a degenerative brain disease known as CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). He committed suicide in January.

Hilinski's death, as well as his physical and mental state before he killed himself, are the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and 88-5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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Washington State University football coach Mike Leach caused a firestorm on social media this week. He tweeted out a doctored video of a speech by former president Barack Obama. His action and the response by the university are not sitting well with KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. Art talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Seattle wants to be part of the 2026 World Cup soccer tournament. It was announced this week that the United States, Canada, and Mexico will host the international competition in eight years.

Seattle is vying to be one of the 10 U.S. cities to host the games in North America. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick the city has a good chance but it’s not a certainty.

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With news this week that Howard Schultz plans to step down as chairman of Starbucks, speculation is swirling about whether he’ll run for political office - maybe even President. But KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it’s a bad idea, based on his track record as an NBA owner.

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It’s quite a surprise for Mariners fans for the team to be close to first place in the American League West at this time of year. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what’s happened so far and what might be in store for the rest of the season.

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We’re hearing reaction locally to the NFL’s new policy regarding the national anthem at football games. The league is mandating that players who are on the sidelines stand during the anthem. This comes after a season when many players sat down for the anthem in protest against social injustice and racial inequality. 

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about his reaction to the new policy.

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Mariners fans are seeing the debut of Dee Gordon at second base this weekend at Safeco Field. He’s moving from center field to his original position at second following Robinson Cano’s 80-game suspension for use of a banned diuretic.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the fallout from the Cano bombshell.

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He’s due to pitch one more road game this weekend but the Mariners are planning to honor James Paxton Fri., May 18, at Safeco Field. This, after he pitched a no-hitter this week in Toronto. It was just the sixth no-hitter in Mariners' history.

We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Seahawks fans have already said goodbye to a lot of popular players this offseason. Now they’re starting to get acquainted with the rookies recently drafted by the team. And one of those rookies may oust another veteran player from the roster.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about some of the more noteworthy picks.

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The Mariners made a controversial move this week that has a lot of fans talking. In trimming their roster, they chose to keep Ichiro Suzuki over a younger, more productive player. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about why he thinks it happened and what it means for the season.

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The Seahawks are getting ready for next week’s NFL draft. And they’re hoping it will yield better results than last year.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about that with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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After back-to-back appearances in the Major League Soccer championship match, the Seattle Sounders are 0-3 this season. They have yet to score a goal but have garnered some high-profile penalties.

It’s the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and KNKX Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

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KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel is calling for the Seahawks to take a stand against domestic violence following their release of backup quarterback Trevone Boykin this week, after his girlfriend says he assaulted her and broke her jaw.

It's the topic of Art's conversation this week with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seahawks’ roster continues to undergo a serious makeover. Fans are being forced to deal with the fact that some of their favorite players are gone.

In the case of cornerback Richard Sherman, he’s now a member of a division rival. It’s the topic of this week’s chat between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Younger, cheaper, and faster. That’s what next season's Seahawks roster should look like, according to KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel.

Art talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the big changes the team has made and why it’s not over yet.

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UPDATED at 1:13 p.m. with details about Richard Sherman's release from the Seahawks.

Richard Sherman is now officially a free agent. The Seahawks released him Friday but said they would also be interested in re-signing him.

Sherman's release capped what had already been a busy week for sports in Seattle. Ichiro Suzuki returned to the Mariners and Michael Bennett was traded from the Seahawks to the Philadelphia Eagles. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the implications of those moves with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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A big response this week to the effort to bring the NHL to Seattle. A lot of people made refundable deposits on season tickets, even though a hockey team has not yet been secured. 10,000 deposits were made in 12 minutes!

It’s the topic of this week’s chat between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Spring training games get underway Friday for the Mariners in Arizona.

The team is hoping this will be the year they end the longest active postseason drought in American professional sports. But many fans are skeptical. We learn why from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. He talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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