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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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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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KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel has some concerns about something Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman recently revealed. Sherman plans to act as his own agent in negotiating his contract. Art talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The University of Washington men’s basketball team is riding high these days. They had a big win last weekend, and are currently in third place in the Pac-12 Conference. That’s quite a change from a year ago.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what’s been going on.

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The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles face off in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

If you’re a Seahawks fan and still smarting from their 2015 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl, you may not think there’s a reason to watch. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel has one. He talked with Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Retired Mariners legend Edgar Martinez may have missed getting nominated to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. But he has one more year left.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about why he thinks the man who played his entire career in Seattle will eventually make it into Cooperstown.

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The Seahawks have hired three new assistant coaches. The positions were filled just weeks after the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time in six years.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the changes and what’s at stake for head coach Pete Carroll.

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The Seahawks have begun cleaning house after a season in which they missed the playoffs for the first time in six years.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about what happened this week and what’s to come.

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The NFL playoffs begin this weekend. For the first time in six years, the Seahawks aren’t part of them.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition Host  Kirsten Kendrick about what went wrong in 2017 and what the team needs to do to come back strong next season.

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A lot happened in the world of sports this year – in Seattle and across the state.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the five stories he feels were the most significant.

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The University of Washington and Washington State football teams are gearing up to play in bowl games next week. The Cougars take on Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 in San Diego. And the Huskies play Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30 in Glendale, Arizona.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about which team has more at stake.

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The Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams Sunday afternoon in an NFC West showdown. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says things are going to look different in this game.

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The defending champion Seattle Sounders play Toronto FC in Canada tomorrow afternoon in the MLS Cup championship game. It’s a rematch of last year’s title game, where the Sounders won their first-ever MLS Cup.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel explains why it would be such a big deal if the Sounders become champions once again.

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The Seahawks host the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night at Century Link Field. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says there’s a lot on the line. And he sees similarities between this year's Eagles and the Seahawks' Super Bowl teams.

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The annual college football rivalry game between the University of Washington and Washington State happens Saturday evening in Seattle. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says the tables are turned for this year’s Apple Cup.

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The Seahawks play the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons Monday night in Seattle. The Hawks are coming off a victory against the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 9 in a Thursday Night Football matchup.

But that win also included a big loss. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel discusses how the Seahawks are dealing with several injuries.

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Major League Baseball is now officially in the offseason with the end of the World Series between the Dodgers and Astros last week.

But KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says there’s still a lot to talk about regarding the series, the future of baseball and how the Mariners fit into it all. 

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There was a lot of news this week about Washington State University and its massive annual operating deficit, in large part due to the costs associated with remodeling their football stadium.

The football program also saw issues on the field last week. Cougar head coach Mike Leach removed starting quarterback Luke Falk, who is poised to break multiple Pac-12 all-time passing records, from the game twice Saturday. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about football on and off the field in Pullman.

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Football fans are going to see two very good quarterbacks compete on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks, led by Russell Wilson, host the Houston Texans and their rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says Watson reminds him of a rookie Russell Wilson, only slightly better.

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The Seattle Sounders play their final game of the regular season this weekend. The defending MLS Cup champions host the Colorado Rapids Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field, after already securing a playoff berth.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says the Sounders have made it to the postseason each of the nine years they’ve been in Major League Soccer. 

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The University of Washington football team has another late start this weekend. Just like last weekend against Cal, the Huskies’ game at Arizona State begins at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says the late starts have prompted some pushback from Washington coach Chris Petersen and sparked a feud with ESPN.

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We’re almost to the halfway point for college football. Both teams in Washington are undefeated and highly ranked. A lot of fans are already looking ahead to this year’s Apple Cup, when the Washington Huskies host the Washington State Cougars.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about how both teams stack up.

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The Mariners play their final series of the season this weekend against the Angels in California. The team has now gone 16 consecutive years without a playoff appearance - the longest drought in Major League Baseball history.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel breaks down what went wrong this season and what might go right for the team next year.

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The Seahawks take their 1-1 record to Tennessee on Sunday to play the Titans. The offensive line is once again a problem for the Hawks this season. But they’re not alone. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel explains why.

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This week’s resignation of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has a lot of people wondering about the fate of the proposed remodel of KeyArena.

The news of the latest allegations of sexual abuse against Murray, which he denies, came just as he was to celebrate the signing of a draft Memorandum of Understanding with the Oak View Group, on its planned redevelopment of The Key.

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The Seahawks open their regular season on the road Sunday afternoon. They play the Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel said the game follows a week of shocking revelations from defensive end Michael Bennett.

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The Mariners return from a rough road trip to host the Oakland Athletics in a weekend series at Safeco Field. And they have a new starting pitcher in the rotation.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s a move of desperation as the team moves farther away from a Wild Card playoff spot.

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The Mariners play the Yankees in New York this weekend. It’s the most important series of the season, according to KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. 

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The Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings 20-13 Friday night in their second preseason game. For the second game in a row, defensive end Michael Bennett sat during the national anthem. This time, his teammate Justin Britt stood beside him with his hand on Bennett's shoulder.

Britt said he wanted to show support for Bennett's stance for justice and equality, in light of the deadly violence at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Bennett's actions and the issue of the national anthem in sports are the topics of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5's Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners celebrated one of their most famous players this weekend: Edgar Martinez. The team retired Edgar’s No. 11 jersey in a pregame ceremony at Safeco Field Saturday night. And they unveiled a plaque with his number in center field – next to Ken Griffey Junior’s No. 24 and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talks with 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick about the Mariners, including a move that Art says would help the team get to the playoffs. But first, they discuss honoring Edgar.

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