Sports with Art Thiel

College Athlete Unionization
11:07 am
Mon April 7, 2014

NCAA Head Emmert: Unionization 'Grossly Inappropriate'

NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Sunday, April 6, in Arlington, Texas.
David J. Phillip AP Photo

The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting the association has plans to change the school-athlete relationship.

Mark Emmert, a former president of the University of Washington, said Sunday that the NCAA wants to allow the big conferences with moneymaking teams to write their own rules, and those changes could solve many athletes' complaints more effectively than unionization.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

College Athlete Unionization Effort Gains Steam, Threatens NCAA

In this Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter wears APU for "All Players United" on wrist tape. Colter is the face of the union movement.
Nam Y. Huh AP File Photo

A recent ruling has opened the door to unionizing scholarship athletes at major universities. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it could have a dramatic impact on the future of college sports.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mariners 'Not Ready' For Regular Season

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The Mariners begin their regular season Monday against the Angels in California. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says they're not ready.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

NBA — Not NHL — First For Seattle's Proposed Arena Project

In an image provided by 360 Architecture Inc., a view of Seattle includes the preliminary preferred design for a new arena being planned to house an NBA basketball team.
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After last year’s failed bid to bring the NBA back to Seattle, there has been a lot of talk lately about professional hockey coming to town.

An arena proposed for Seattle’s Sodo district would be built to accommodate both sports. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel has learned that NBA must come first.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Many New Faces As Sounders Make Fresh Start

Seattle Sounders forward Chad Barrett (19) center, celebrates with teammates Osvaldo Alonso, left, Obafemi Martins, (9), and Djimi Traore, (18) after Barrett kicked a goal against Sporting Kansas City.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders FC host Toronto FC Saturday at CenturyLink Field. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the team has undergone an “extreme makeover,” with new players making up half of its 2014 roster.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Will The NHL Beat The NBA Back To Seattle?

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Could Seattle get a professional hockey team before professional men’s basketball returns to the city? Speculation has ramped up recently, and KPLU sports commentator says there are reasons for that.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

It Will Take 'Time, Tolerance' For Openly-Gay Players To Transition In Pro Sports

The photos show Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, left, and Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins.
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The issue of openly-gay athletes is being discussed in both the NBA and the NFL right now.

Veteran NBA player Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, nearly a year after announcing he was gay. And NFL draft hopeful Michael Sam finished participating in the annual scouting combine this week after recently coming out.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s going to take time, tolerance and acceptance from both sides of the issue for the transition to happen.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Already A Cano Controversy? New Mariner Stirs The Pot

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, front, stretches with his teammates before baseball spring training, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Peoria, Ariz.
Rick Scuteri AP Photo

The Mariners are wrapping up their first week of spring training in Peoria, Arizona.

There was a lot of fanfare surrounding the arrival of newly-acquired slugger Robinson Cano. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there was some drama as well.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Could Seahawks Draft First Openly Gay NFL Player?

Missouri senior defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to the media during an NCAA news conference on Jan. 1, 2014, in Irving, Texas. Missouri beat Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl.
Brandon Wade AP Photo

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Could the National Football League soon have its first openly gay player? And could the Seahawks draft him? Those are questions some people in Seattle are asking after college standout Michael Sam revealed that he’s gay just months before he enters the NFL draft.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Seahawks culture might be a good fit for Sam. Then there are those challenges that lie ahead for Sam, no matter where he lands in the NFL.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
1:54 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Thiel: Seahawks' Road To The Super Bowl Began With Miserable 2009 Season

Seahawks general manager John Schneider, left, and coach Pete Carroll talk before an NFL game against the St.Louis Rams in Seattle on Dec. 29, 2013.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

How did the Seahawks end up in Super Bowl? Thank the team’s abysmal 2009 season, says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

Art says that miserable season led the Seahawks to fire both their general manager Tim Ruskell and first-year coach Jim Mora. The team, which had a short list of candidates for general manager, made Pete Carroll an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
5:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Thiel: 5 Reasons Why The Seahawks Will Win The Super Bowl

The Empire State Building – in Seahawks blue and green – backdrops a sign for Super Bowl XLVIII in Hoboken, N.J., this week.
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KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel is predicting a Seahawks victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. He thinks Seattle will beat the Denver Broncos, and he gives these five reasons.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
10:05 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Seahawks' Lynch Finally Makes Peace With Media, Answers Questions

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Marshawn Lynch, who faced NFL fines for not talking to reporters, appears to have made his peace with the media, says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

The Seahawk took reporters’ questions for 15 minutes on Thursday morning, just a day after the Football Writers Association of America lodged a complaint with the NFL regarding access to Lynch.

“He appeared in front of the media with his aide de camp and horse whisperer, Michael Robinson,” said Art. “Michael has been a great asset and a great friend to Lynch, and the two of them together kind of entertained everyone.”

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Super Bowl XLVIII
10:48 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Thousands Pay $28.50 To Watch Super Bowl Players Answer Questions At Media Day

Seattle Seahawks fans cheer during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J.
Charlie Riedel AP Photo

"It’s a new phenomenon,” says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, “charging people to watch people be interviewed.”

But thousands of people were willing to pay $28.50 to pack into Prudential Center on Tuesday to watch thousands of reporters interview the Super Bowl players.

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Super Bowl XLVIII
10:17 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Seahawks' Lynch Tries To Open Up To Media, Gets Fed Up, Leaves

Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch smiles during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J.
Matt Slocum AP Photo

Marshawn Lynch, who has risked NFL fines for not talking to the media, made a brief appearance before cameras at Super Bowl 48 on Tuesday, taking questions for six minutes out of the Seahawks’ hour-long press availability.

Lynch was a little more generous Wednesday morning at the team hotel — that is, until he decided enough was enough, says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Seahawks' Sherman Speaks Out, Tries To Move On

Seahawks' Richard Sherman speaks during a news conference Wed., Jan. 22, 2014, in Renton. The Seahawks play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, 2014.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is doing damage control. He sparked quite a controversy with his emotional outburst live on FOX-TV Sunday, mere minutes after he made the play that gave the Seahawks the win over the 49ers and sent them to the Super Bowl.

It's being called the rant heard around the world. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it was also refreshing.

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