Sports with Art Thiel http://www.kplu.org en After Rocky Start, Sounders Star And Rapper Dempsey Finally Finds His Groove http://www.kplu.org/post/after-rocky-start-sounders-star-and-rapper-dempsey-finally-finds-his-groove <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sounders star midfielder Clint Dempsey has made headlines recently. He scored his first-ever hat trick two weeks ago against Portland. Dempsey has scored a total of five goals in the past two games,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://sportspressnw.com/2183270/2014/dempsey-named-mls-player-of-week-again" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">earning back-to-back Player of The Week awards from Major League Soccer.</a></p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says things are finally coming together for Dempsey and the Sounders.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Finally, it's happening. The investment is bearing fruit," Art said.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16115 at http://www.kplu.org After Rocky Start, Sounders Star And Rapper Dempsey Finally Finds His Groove ‘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 NCAA Head Emmert: Unionization 'Grossly Inappropriate' http://www.kplu.org/post/ncaa-head-emmert-unionization-grossly-inappropriate <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:07:11 +0000 The Associated Press 15745 at http://www.kplu.org NCAA Head Emmert: Unionization 'Grossly Inappropriate' 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 Already A Cano Controversy? New Mariner Stirs The Pot http://www.kplu.org/post/already-cano-controversy-new-mariner-stirs-pot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mariners are wrapping up their first week of spring training in Peoria, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arizona.</span></p><p>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. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 13879 at http://www.kplu.org Already A Cano Controversy? New Mariner Stirs The Pot Could Seahawks Draft First Openly Gay NFL Player? http://www.kplu.org/post/could-seahawks-draft-first-openly-gay-nfl-player <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel&nbsp;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. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 13630 at http://www.kplu.org Could Seahawks Draft First Openly Gay NFL Player? 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 Thiel: 5 Reasons Why The Seahawks Will Win The Super Bowl http://www.kplu.org/post/thiel-5-reasons-why-seahawks-will-win-super-bowl <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU sports commentator Art </span>Thiel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is predicting a Seahawks victory in Super Bowl </span>XLVIII<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He thinks Seattle will beat the Denver Broncos, and he gives these five reasons.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 13062 at http://www.kplu.org Thiel: 5 Reasons Why The Seahawks Will Win The Super Bowl 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