Art Thiel http://www.kplu.org en ‘Superstar’ Cano Shows Leadership In Mariners' Strong Start http://www.kplu.org/post/superstar-cano-shows-leadership-mariners-strong-start <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144095043&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel called the Mariners' $240 million, 10-year contract with Robinson Cano&nbsp;is "stupid, but necessary." He also said the Mariners were "not ready" for the regular season, plagued by injury and subpar performances in spring training.</p><p>But the Mariners have started the season with a bang, and that has Art — and many jaded fans — "letting a little hope in." Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 15895 at http://www.kplu.org ‘Superstar’ Cano Shows Leadership In Mariners' Strong Start College Athlete Unionization Effort Gains Steam, Threatens NCAA http://www.kplu.org/post/college-athlete-unionization-effort-gains-steam-threatens-ncaa <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142942452&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>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. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 15656 at http://www.kplu.org College Athlete Unionization Effort Gains Steam, Threatens NCAA Mariners 'Not Ready' For Regular Season http://www.kplu.org/post/mariners-not-ready-regular-season <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141868752&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe><p>The Mariners begin their regular season Monday against the Angels in California. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says they're not ready. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 15401 at http://www.kplu.org Mariners 'Not Ready' For Regular Season NBA — Not NHL — First For Seattle's Proposed Arena Project http://www.kplu.org/post/nba-not-nhl-first-seattles-proposed-arena-project <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140584538&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>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.</p><p>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. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 15087 at http://www.kplu.org NBA — Not NHL — First For Seattle's Proposed Arena Project Many New Faces As Sounders Make Fresh Start http://www.kplu.org/post/many-new-faces-sounders-make-fresh-start <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seattle Sounders FC host Toronto FC Saturday at </span>CenturyLink<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Field. </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sports commentator Art </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thiel</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the team has undergone an “extreme makeover,” with new players making up half of its 2014 roster.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 14815 at http://www.kplu.org Many New Faces As Sounders Make Fresh Start Will The NHL Beat The NBA Back To Seattle? http://www.kplu.org/post/will-nhl-beat-nba-back-seattle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Could Seattle get a professional hockey team before professional men’s basketball returns to the city? Speculation has ramped up recently, and&nbsp;</span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sports commentator says there are reasons for that.</span></p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 14498 at http://www.kplu.org Will The NHL Beat The NBA Back To Seattle? It Will Take 'Time, Tolerance' For Openly-Gay Players To Transition In Pro Sports http://www.kplu.org/post/it-will-take-time-tolerance-openly-gay-players-transition-pro-sports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The issue of openly-gay athletes is being discussed in both the NBA and the NFL right now.</span></p><p>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.</p><p>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. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 14158 at http://www.kplu.org It Will Take 'Time, Tolerance' For Openly-Gay Players To Transition In Pro Sports Thiel: Seahawks' Road To The Super Bowl Began With Miserable 2009 Season http://www.kplu.org/post/thiel-seahawks-road-super-bowl-began-miserable-2009-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How did the Seahawks end up in Super Bowl? Thank the team’s abysmal 2009 season, says </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sports commentator Art </span>Thiel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>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.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:54:06 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 13102 at http://www.kplu.org Thiel: Seahawks' Road To The Super Bowl Began With Miserable 2009 Season Seahawks' Lynch Finally Makes Peace With Media, Answers Questions http://www.kplu.org/post/seahawks-lynch-finally-makes-peace-media-answers-questions <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>“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.”</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:05:25 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 13038 at http://www.kplu.org Seahawks' Lynch Finally Makes Peace With Media, Answers Questions Thousands Pay $28.50 To Watch Super Bowl Players Answer Questions At Media Day http://www.kplu.org/post/thousands-pay-2850-watch-super-bowl-players-answer-questions-media-day <p>"It’s a new phenomenon,” says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, “charging people to watch people be interviewed.”</p><p>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.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:48:55 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 13004 at http://www.kplu.org Thousands Pay $28.50 To Watch Super Bowl Players Answer Questions At Media Day Seahawks' Lynch Tries To Open Up To Media, Gets Fed Up, Leaves http://www.kplu.org/post/seahawks-lynch-tries-open-media-gets-fed-leaves <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>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.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:17:49 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 13003 at http://www.kplu.org Seahawks' Lynch Tries To Open Up To Media, Gets Fed Up, Leaves Thiel: No Surprise UW's Sark Leaving Job for USC http://www.kplu.org/post/thiel-no-surprise-uws-sark-leaving-job-usc <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Washington head football coach Steve </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sarkisian</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has accepted a coaching job at the University of Southern California, <a href="https://twitter.com/USC_Athletics/status/407639475989118976/photo/1" target="_blank">USC announced on Monday</a>.</span></p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the news "wasn't a surprise."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I believe I wrote when he was hired five years ago that he would last in this job until USC has a head-coaching vacancy,” said Art.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 22:42:53 +0000 Paula Wissel & Art Thiel 11369 at http://www.kplu.org Thiel: No Surprise UW's Sark Leaving Job for USC Can Sounders Stop Slide and Make the Playoffs? http://www.kplu.org/post/can-sounders-stop-slide-and-make-playoffs <p></p><p>The Seattle Sounders play FC Dallas in Texas on Saturday. It’s yet another chance for the team to clinch a playoff berth. They’re running out of chances.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU&nbsp;sports commentator Art&nbsp;Thiel&nbsp;says a lot has been going wrong for the Sounders recently.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 10529 at http://www.kplu.org Can Sounders Stop Slide and Make the Playoffs? Huskies vs.Ducks: Beyond Regional Rivalry http://www.kplu.org/post/huskies-vsducks-beyond-regional-rivalry <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Washington Huskies host the Oregon Ducks Saturday in a highly-anticipated game. It begins at 1 p.m. at Husky Stadium in Seattle, but fans will be gathering well before that, with cable station ESPN featuring the matchup in their weekly &ldquo;College&nbsp;</span>GameDay&rdquo;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;program&mdash;a first for Washington.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU&nbsp;sports commentator Art&nbsp;Thiel&nbsp;says this year, the game is more than just a regional rivalry; it&rsquo;s a matchup between two nationally-ranked teams.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 10386 at http://www.kplu.org Huskies vs.Ducks: Beyond Regional Rivalry Can Seahawks Stay Undefeated Against Colts? http://www.kplu.org/post/can-seahawks-stay-undefeated-against-colts <p>For the first time in team history, the Seattle Seahawks have a 4-0 start.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU sports commentator Art </span>Thiel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> calls that a &ldquo;tremendous start.&rdquo;</span></p><p>&ldquo;I thought they were going to stumble in the first game against Carolina, and they nearly did,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I thought that was going to be a problem, because this team had a lot of things to get right in the exhibition season that I don&rsquo;t think were quite there, especially in the offensive line.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 10267 at http://www.kplu.org Can Seahawks Stay Undefeated Against Colts?