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Art Thiel

Sports Commentator

Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,”  which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between historylink.org and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University as well as two dead papers and a live one, the News Tribune of Tacoma, he has become a fan of entrepreneurial online journalism because it allows him to continue a lifelong passion to take the English language to places it rarely visits willingly, and does not involve the cleaning of kennels or stables.

Kirsten Kendrick's Q. & A. with Thiel can be heard every Friday during M.E. at 5:45am and 7:45am and again that same day on ATC at 4:45pm. It also airs Saturday at 6:35am and 9:35am.

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The Seattle Dragons, the Northwest’s new professional football team in the revamped XFL league, makes a home debut Saturday at CenturyLink field. Sports commentator Art Thiel breaks down what to expect from this new organization.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

The Seahawks have made some moves in the offseason. But bigger changes may be on the horizon as the team figures out the future of star receiver Doug Baldwin and what it's going to do about the draft. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel sorted it all out with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners are 2-0 after opening their regular season against the Oakland A's in Tokyo, Japan. In the second game on Thursday, the Mariners — and a sold-out crowd — honored Ichiro Suzuki as he retired from professional baseball.

But Ichiro may not be the only fan favorite leaving the Mariners this season. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about all the changes going on with the team.

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The FBI investigation into a college admissions scandal has drawn in three Pac-12 Conference schools. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel tells Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it seems to be the start of the erosion of college credibility.

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The University of Washington men's basketball team hosts Oregon on Saturday night in the final game of the regular season. The Huskies are still hoping to get to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked to Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about why it's more of an uphill climb now.

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Officials involved in the remaking of Seattle’s Key Arena held their first public discussion about the project this week. Sports commentator Art Thiel was there, and learned how they plan to transform the arena into a premier hockey, basketball and concert venue. He talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seattle Sounders play their final preseason match Saturday afternoon in San Jose, California. The team begins its regular season next Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at CenturyLink Field against a new expansion team, FC Cincinnati. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about how the Sounders look this year.

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The University of Washington men's basketball team appears poised to make it to the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the team's winning season so far.


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The best players and moments in Washington sports from 2018 were honored Thursday night in Seattle. The annual Sports Star of the Year awards were presented. Among the winners: KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. He received the Keith Jackson Award for excellence in communicating the sports stories of our state.

Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the awards. He also offered some interesting facts about sports fans in Washington.

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The controversy continues to swirl around former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and his possible run for president as an independent. Protestors turned out Thursday night for Schultz's Seattle stop on his book tour.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick that Schultz shouldn't run — based on how he ran the Seattle Supersonics.

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If you're a fan of retired Mariner Edgar Martinez, you know about "The Double." You know about his loyalty to Seattle. And you know about his long wait to get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. But there is still a lot to learn about the humble player who found out this week that he's finally making it to Cooperstown.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about some lesser-known facts about one of Seattle's biggest sports heroes.

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A state House committee will hold a public hearing next week on a bill to allow college athletes to receive compensation. The athletes wouldn't be paid a salary but would be able to benefit from the marketing of their talents. The bill has been proposed by Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R-Auburn).

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the legislation — and the bigger issue it addresses — with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Despite losing a wild-card playoff game that many thought was winnable, there still is a lot of optimism for the Seahawks to come back strong next season. 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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The Seahawks take on the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Saturday night in the NFC wild-card playoff game. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the matchup.

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The University of Washington football team is preparing for a big game on New Year's Day. They play Ohio State in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel previewed the matchup with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.  

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KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel is out with his top five Seattle sports stories of 2018. He counted them down with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.


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The Mariners' troubled offseason continues. The team made another trade this week and signed a controversial new lease agreement. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about some of the recent negative headlines.

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The Mariners made additional roster moves this week. That means more veteran players are leaving Seattle. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the reasons for the drastic purge.

Officials hosted a groundbreaking for the long-awaited Seattle Center Arena renovation project on Wednesday. It will be the home to the NHL's newest franchise starting in 2021.
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It's official — finally. Seattle is home to the next National Hockey League team, after the organization announced the expansion Tuesday morning. The announcement was followed by a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday. 

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The Seahawks are coming off their best win of the season — beating the Carolina Panthers last week 30-27 in the final seconds of the game. With a 6-5 record, the Seahawks are still in the wild-card playoff hunt.

On Sunday, they host the San Francisco 49ers with fans seeing the return of former Seahawks star Richard Sherman. 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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Mariners fans are wondering who might be next as the team continues to rebuild following another disappointing season. The M's traded pitcher James Paxton to the Yankees this week, not long after sending catcher Mike Zunino to the Tampa Bay Rays.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says he wouldn't be surprised if closer Edwin Diaz also gets traded. Art talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what's happened so far and why.

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The Washington State Cougars and Washington Huskies are both expected to win their football games this weekend against Arizona and Oregon State, respectively. The Cougars and Huskies are in first and second place in the Pac-12's North Division.

That means a lot is riding on next week's Apple Cup matchup between the two teams. 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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There were rumors earlier this week that the Mariners might be looking to strip down their team and trade some of their more talented players during the offseason in an effort to acquire prospects for the future. The first sign that this might be the case came this week, when the M’s traded away catcher Mike Zunino. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told producer Kevin Kniestedt that virtually everyone, including closer Edwin Diaz and ace pitcher James Paxton, could be traded for the right price.

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Football and facial hair. That's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

The 6-3 Washington Huskies host Stanford Saturday night in Seattle. And the 7-1 Washington State Cougars host Cal Saturday night in Pullman, led by star quarterback Gardner Minshew and his much talked-about mustache.

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