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 5:35am and 7:35am and again that same day on ATC at 4:45pm. It also airs Saturday at 6:35am and 9:35am.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Seahawks Expected to Go Far in 2013, but Sunday...?

Seahawks "12th Man" flags are waved before a preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Aug. 17, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Seahawks play the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday morning to kick off their much-anticipated 2013 season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the season might not start off with a bang, but could end with one.  

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5:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

New Husky Stadium 'Spectacular'

Bleachers and seats surround the newly renovated Husky Stadium looking east Wed., Aug. 28, 2013 in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The new and improved Husky Stadium opens Saturday night as the University of Washington hosts Boise State to kick off the 2013 football season. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel got a sneak preview of the renovated facility and was quite impressed.  

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5:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Can Chris Hansen Be Trusted?

Sacramento Kings fans during the relocation battle with Chris Hansen's Seattle investment group. Can you spot the gorilla in the photo?
Rich Pedroncelli AP

A lot of questions remain following the revelation that Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen gave $100,000 to the anti-arena campaign in Sacramento, well after losing the battle to relocate the city's NBA team to Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel wonders if Seattle arena stakeholders are wondering whether Hansen can be trusted.  

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5:36 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Will the 'Most Miserable Sports City' Be Missed?

Kevin Kniestedt's press pass from Safeco Field from 2004 when he covered the retirement of Edgar Martinez.

Forbes Magazine recently named Seattle as the "Most Miserable Sports City in America." As KPLU's Kevin Kniestedt prepares to leave Seattle and move across the country, he asked Sports Commentator Art Thiel if it really is that bad of a sports town, and what he might be missing after he leaves.

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5:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

High Hopes for Sounders with Star Acquisition

Clint Dempsey, left, the newest member of the Seattle Sounders, trains for the first time with the team, Wed., Aug. 7, in Tukwila. The Sounders face Toronto FC on Saturday.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders took a big step toward establishing themselves as a world-class team with this week's acquisition of Clint Dempsey, the captain of the U.S. Men's National Team.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is a big deal.  

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5:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Costly Seahawks Acquisition Sidelined; Team Still Strong

Injured Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) can only stand and watch as other receivers go through practice drills during training camp Sat., July 27, in Renton.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

He cost the Seahawks a lot in trade treasure. Now, an injury could cost wide receiver Percy Harvin the season. He had hip surgery this week and is expected to be out for much – if not all – of the season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why this is a blow but not a death knell for the team. And he discusses reports there might have been warning signs about Harvin's injury.  

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5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

'Affection' for Mariners Manager Recovering from Minor Stroke

Mariners manager Eric Wedge watches batting practice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wed., June 12, 2013, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Mariners are going to be without skipper Eric Wedge for at least the next 10 days. He's out of the hospital but not back with the team following a minor stroke this week.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Sounders Limp into Second Half of Season

The Sounders' Eddie Johnson, center, heads the ball during a match against D.C. United on July 3 in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders host the Colorado Rapids Saturday to begin the second half of the season. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team is far from full-strength.   

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5:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Mariners' Performance Causes Trust Issue with Fans

Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma stands on the mound in Tuesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field. Iwakuma gave up five runs in the inning.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Mariners head into next week’s All-Star break out of the pennant race once again. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team's poor performance has created a trust issue with fans.  

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5:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

'Odds against Seattle from start' in NHL Coyotes coming to town

The Phoenix Coyotes take the ice to greet fans prior to an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season in Glendale, Ariz.
Matt York AP Photo

The two most promising chances for the NBA and NHL to come to Seattle this year are now gone. This week the city council in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale voted to approve a lease agreement that keeps the NHL's Coyotes in Arizona.

The news comes two months after the NBA rejected a bid to relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it's a blow to Seattle's arena project, but not a very big one.  

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5:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

NCAA let Oregon Ducks off easy

In this 2012 file photo, Oregon football coach Chip Kelly walks out of the tunnel with his team before their game against Fresno State in Eugene, Ore.
Don Ryan, File AP Photo

It should’ve been tougher. That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says about the punishment that the NCAA has issued to the Oregon Ducks football program for recruiting violations.

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5:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

'Skeptical' about NHL's Coyotes moving to Seattle

The Phoenix Coyotes take the ice to greet fans prior to an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season in Glendale, Ariz.
Matt York AP Photo

Do sports fans in Seattle dare to get excited about the prospect of yet another professional team coming to town?

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is skeptical about the possibility of the Phoenix Coyotes moving to Seattle.


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5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Mariner managers under the gun as painful losses continue

Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen sits in the dugout after blowing 1-0 lead in 9th inning against the Astros Wednesday. Houston won 6-1.
AP Photo

The Mariners are on the road for the next seven games. They're playing the A's in Oakland this weekend.

The team keeps finding more painful ways to lose. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the fans end up hurt the most.


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5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Extreme highs, crushing lows in Mariners' history-making game

Kyle Seager, center, is greeted at home following his grand slam against the White Sox in the 14th inning to tie a baseball game on Wednesday at Safeco Field.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Mariners are hosting the Yankees at Safeco Field this weekend. But a lot of fans are still shaking their heads about Wednesday's history-making game —and devastating loss— against the White Sox.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel was there. To the bitter end. In the 16th inning. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

NBA expansion is 'Seattle's way forward'

Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Investor Chris Hansen says he remains committed to bringing the Sonics back to Seattle despite having lost his bid to move the Sacramento Kings to town.

Hansen made his first public comments about the failed deal in interviews this week.  

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