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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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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. 

An empty T-Mobile Park in Seattle, home of the Mariners.
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The Mariners are moving quickly to get ready for a shortened 2020 season. Major League Baseball announced this week that all teams will report to their home cities by July 1. There are currently no plans to have fans at the games because of the pandemic. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Seattle Storm's Sami Whitcomb, left, lets out a yell in the team huddle after the Storm defeated the Las Vegas Aces 69-66 in a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Seattle.
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The Seattle Storm and the other 11 teams in the WNBA will head to Florida next month to begin a shortened season amid the coronavirus pandemic. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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The stage is set for Major League Soccer to resume play this year. A tournament begins next month in Orlando. The defending champion Seattle Sounders were given the top seed in a group that features other Western Conference clubs FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the San Jose Earthquakes. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the tourament details with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Seahawks players are speaking out about the police killing of George Floyd and the protests that have followed. Some of the strongest words have come from quarterback Russell Wilson. 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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Good news for OL Reign fans. It looks like the National Women's Soccer League will be the first professional sports organization in the country to return to action amid the coronavirus pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the plan to have all teams play in Utah starting at the end of June.

An empty T-Mobile Park in Seattle, home of the Mariners. Major League Baseball owners have made a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans.
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Major League Baseball players are considering a plan from team owners that would start the season in July despite the coronavirus pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the details with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Professional sports organizations in the U.S. continue to try to figure out how to start — or salvage — their seasons amid the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Soccer is considering a plan that would put all teams in Florida next month. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Major League Baseball has a new plan to try to start the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson runs past Green Bay Packers' Kenny Clark for a first down during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis.
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A lot of comings and goings for the Seahawks in the offseason, as they try to figure out their 2020 team. Will they be better than last year? Who is still missing? KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it all with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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For the first time in eight years, the Seahawks used their own pick to a take a player in the first round of the NFL draft. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the selection and what he expects from the team for the rest of the draft with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Major League Baseball has joined the fight against the novel coronavirus. Most of the league's 30 teams, including the Mariners, are participating in a study that will help researchers learn more about the infection rate 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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Major League Baseball is considering a plan that would start the season as soon as mid-May, despite the coronavirus pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick that the idea is pretty out there.

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It's business as usual for the NFL despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The league held a teleconference with members of the media this week. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.  

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Athletes from Washington state are among those impacted by the postponement of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Games will now happen in 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the decision — and the future of the Olympics — with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the sports world. Major League Soccer has further postponed its 2020 season for eight more weeks. On Thursday, the league said it remains focused on playing the entire season and that it's "evaluating all options."

Meanwhile, the National Football League has not had to take any action regarding its season, at least not yet. And the league actually conducted business this week. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about that with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

A line-up sheet from the previous day's baseball game is posted on the wall of an otherwise empty dugout and ballpark after the cancellation of the spring training baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals Thursday.
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The spread of the coronavirus has resulted in significant changes in how things are handled throughout the world, and the sports world is no exception to that. Sports commentator Art Thiel says three significant things happened on Wednesday that sparked some huge changes.

A man makes use of a hand-sanitizing station at CenturyLink Field prior to an MLS soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and the Chicago Fire, Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Seattle.
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With the novel coronavirus outbreak continuing to grow in the Seattle area, a lot of people are working from home and rethinking large public gatherings. Right now, Saturday night's soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew is still happening at CenturyLink Field. Fans who do attend will find additional hand sanitizer stations and cleaning wipes at concession stands.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about how major health threats have impacted sports in our region — past and present. 

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