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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.

Commissioner Larry Scott speaks during the Pac-12 NCAA college basketball media day, in San Francisco, on Oct. 8, 2019.
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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.


Sounders players celebrate forward Raúl Ruidíaz's goal against Los Angeles FC during the second half of an MLS playoff soccer match Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Seattle.
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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.


Washington quarterback Dylan Morris in action against Oregon State on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Seattle.
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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.


The Sounders' Jordan Morris, back right, celebrates with teammates after he scored his first goal against the San Jose Earthquakes, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Seattle.
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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. 

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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.


Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson was among three starters who were injured in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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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.

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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. 

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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.

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The Seattle Storm won its fourth championship title Tuesday night, after sweeping the Las Vegas Aces in the finals. The team's 92-59 rout was the biggest margin of victory in WNBA Finals history. Can the Storm sustain this level of success? KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the team's future and the excitement of this past week with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

The City of Seattle is hosting a virtual rally for the Storm today to celebrate the champs. The online celebration begins at 4 p.m. 

The Seattle Storm celebrate after the team defeated the Minnesota Lynx during Game 3 of a WNBA basketball semifinal round playoff series Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. The Storm move onto the WNBA finals.
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The Seattle Storm have begun their quest for a fourth championship title. They're playing the Las Vegas Aces in the best-of-five WNBA Finals. Game 1 is 4 p.m. Friday. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the matchup with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.  


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Some Seattle sports teams were impacted this week by COVID-19 testing and protocols, put in place by their leagues. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked about the fallout, starting with a mask fine that cost the Seahawks $250,000 and head coach Pete Carroll $100,000.


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The Seattle Storm will begin their WNBA playoff run on Sunday in a best-of-five semifinal series against the Minnesota Lynx. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the team's chances in the postseason with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seahawks open the regular season on the road this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. The NFL is not playing in a so-called "COVID bubble" like several other professional sports leagues. And it's up to each team to decide whether to allow fans. The Seahawks won't have fans for at least their first three home games. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what to expect from the team this season. 

Seattle Mariners' Kyle Lewis stands near the on-deck circle during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Seattle.
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The Mariners are hosting the Texas Rangers this weekend. The M's had three games postponed this week, due to a positive COVID-19 test in the Oakland A's traveling staff. The Mariners are not in playoff contention, so they will be done at the end of this month. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the highs and lows of the season with Morning Editon host Kirsten Kendrick. 


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Reaction continues in the sports world in response to police violence against Black people in America. Games were postponed in the NBA, WNBA and the NHL Thursday night following similar actions in the NBA, WNBA, MLB and MLS on Wednesday night. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick that the anger also extends to the NFL.

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The Seattle Mariners might not be doing great in the win-loss column during this shortened 60-game season, but KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says don't pay too much attention to that. 

Thiel says there weren't a ton of expectations going into this season, be it full or shortened. So consider this season an "extended spring training." 

Thiel says it's best to not rush our younger prospects, and to look forward to, hopefully, a full 2021 season.

This Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, shows the Pac-12 logo during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Arizona State and Kent State, in Tempe, Ariz.
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We're learning more about what went into the decision by the Pac-12 Conference to cancel all sports through the end of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about that, and what he thinks should happen in the spring. 

Colorado tight end Brady Russell (38) and Washington linebacker Joe Tryon (9) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Boulder, Colorado. is among the players included in the #WeAreUnited movement.
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Several Pac-12 football players who threatened to opt out of the 2020 season are still waiting for their concerns to be addressed. The clock is ticking, as practice is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

In this Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, safety Jamal Adams of the New York Jets walks off the field at halftime during the NFL Pro Bowl game in Orlando, Fla. The Seahawks acquired Adams in a trade on July 25, 2020.
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The Seattle Seahawks are wrapping up their first week of training camp at their headquarters in Renton. The focus is on the regular season now that the NFL has canceled all preseason games due to the pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it all with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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What's in a name? It turns out, a lot.

We find out what went into naming Seattle's new professional hockey team the Kraken — and we get a history lesson in the process — from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. He talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Now that Washington, D.C.'s NFL team has announced that it's going to change its controversial name, we are taking a closer look at the use of Native American references in sports. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel shared his thoughts with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.  

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With more than 140 cases of COVID-19 confirmed among students on the University of Washington's Greek Row, there are a lot of questions about how this will affect school and sports. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Second base sits in an otherwise empty ballpark, where grounds crew members continue to keep the Seattle Mariners' field in playing shape in May.
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A Major League Baseball season is going to happen after all...sort of. Players are reporting to their teams' home cities in preparation of a 60-game season. KNKX's Kevin Kniestedt spoke with sports commentator Art Thiel to get more details on what this season will look like. 

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