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
9:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

'The bleakest outlook': Mariners' woes could get worse

Catcher Jesus Montero can’t hold on to the ball in a recent game against Cleveland. One of many agonizing plays for Mariners fans. Montero is now being sent down to Tacoma.
Tony Dejak AP Photo

KPLU sports commentator  Art Thiel describes the Mariners' six-game losing streak as "the bleakest outlook they've had all season."And it could get worse this weekend.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Wait could be longer for Sonics fans; Kings sold to Calif. investors

A fan wears a shirt that reads "Bring Back Our Sonics," as he attends a fan rally Monday in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The effort to bring the Sacramento Kings to Seattle is officially over. After the NBA Board of Governors voted Wednesday to deny relocation of the Kings to Seattle, the team has now been sold to California investors.

The Sacramento Bee reports a Sacramento investors group has reached a deal with the Maloof family to buy the Kings for an NBA record valuation of $535 million.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel phoned in a report on the deal late Thursday night.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Sounders, fans hoping they can dig out of big hole

Sounders supporters wave a giant flag before a match in Seattle last month.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders FC stunned Sporting Kansas City Wednesday by scoring late in stoppage time to win 1-0 in dramatic fashion. It was a thrill that fans haven't experienced that often this season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel points to the team's recent roster change as a factor. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:24 am
Fri May 3, 2013

A 'win-win-win' idea for Kings sale, NBA in Seattle

Sacramento Kings fan holds a sign campaigning to keep the team in Sacramento.
Steve Yeater AP Photo

The NBA Board of Governors is expected to vote May 15 on the recommendation by its relocation committee to keep the Sacramento Kings from moving to Seattle. But investor Chris Hansen is refusing to give up.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has his own idea for how to solve this whole mess.   

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Mariners' slump physical and mental

Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders, catcher Kelly Shoppach, right, and third baseman Kyle Seager hang their heads after Saunders gave up a double in Wednesday’s game against the Astros in Houston.
Pat Sullivan AP Photo

The Mariners beat the Angels Thursday night 6-0. A bit of good news, after they hit a new low on the road.

The team's problem is both physical and mental, says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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

Boston bombing will not deter marathoners, sports-loving city

78-year-old Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens was running in his third Boston Marathon Monday when he was knocked down by one of two bomb blasts. He got up and walked across the finish line.
John Tlumacki The Boston Globe/Getty Images

"Of all the cities…and of all the sports.” 

That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is saying about this week’s deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon. Art says the attack will only strengthen the resolve of marathon runners and the sports-loving city.


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Honoring Frosty
8:54 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Remembering PLU football great Frosty Westering

I once asked Frosty Westering whether his way of coaching football could work at the major college level.

“Of course,” he said, smiling. “It all depends on what the goals are.”

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Sacramento or Seattle? Why NBA commish wants Kings to stay put

Kings fan Robert Robbins holds a poster of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson before the Kings NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (formerly Sonics) in January.
Rich Pedroncelli AP Photo

The battle between Seattle and Sacramento investors over the Kings basketball team has taken a few more turns. The most interesting one is the revelation that NBA commissioner David Stern appears to want to keep the team in Sactown.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why.


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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Sonics fans left to wait; Kings decision likely delayed

Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett, chair of the NBA relocation committee, arrives for owners’ meeting Wednesday, regarding the possible relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. Bennett led the group that moved the Sonics to OKC in 2008.
Richard Drew AP Photo

Why the delay? That’s what a lot of Sonics fans in Seattle are asking, after a meeting of NBA owners this week regarding the future of the Sacramento Kings.

Seattle and Sacramento groups made competing bids and NBA commissioner David Stern says it will likely take longer than expected to reach a decision. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Does Mariners' spring training success mean strong season?

Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak - two of the three players that Art Thiel says need to have a good season for the team to be strong.
Orlin Wagner AP Photo

The Mariners begin their regular season Monday in Oakland against the A’s. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains what fans can expect after an impressive spring training.


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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Should Seattle go for 2024 Summer Olympics?

JustinTL Flickr

A lot of people are talking about Seattle being one of the U.S. cities inquiring about a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. 

Is the city ready for something like this? KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel looks at the pros and cons.


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SPORTS WITH ART THIEL
5:01 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New additions to Seahawks could be ingredients for a championship

Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin at a news conference Tuesday.
Associated Press

The Seattle Seahawks made two big moves this week, trading for high-profile wide receiver Percy Harvin and signing defensive end Cliff Avril. These moves show that the Seahawks are serious about winning a Super Bowl this upcoming season, says sports commentator Art Thiel. 


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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Zags deserve No.1 ranking; Seattle hosts Pac-12 women's tourney

Gonzaga celebrates after winning the West Coast Conference Championship Saturday, March 2, in Spokane. Gonzaga beat Portland 81-52. They were named No.1 in the nation Monday, with a record of 29-2.
Jed Conklin AP Photo

College basketball is big news in Washington right now. Gonzaga is the No. 1 team in the nation for the first time in school – and state – history. 

The Husky and Cougar men are playing in the Pac-12 tournament this weekend in Las Vegas. And Seattle is hosting the Pac-12 women’s tournament.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel weighs in on it all.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Sounders start fifth season 'in flux'

Seattle Sounders players run during training camp in Tukwila, Jan. 22, 2013.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders begin their fifth season Saturday night at home against the Montreal Impact. 

The Sounders have made some changes in the offseason. And according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, there are a lot of things still up in the air.


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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Young Mariner veterans need to step up this season

Justin Smoak, right, is congratulated by Jesus Montero after a home run last season.
Orlin Wagner AP Photo

The Mariners begin spring training play this weekend in Arizona. 

KPLU sports commentator shares his thoughts on the new additions to the team and his concerns about some young returning players.


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