Art Thiel

Art Thiel is a longtime sports columnist in Seattle, for many years at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and now as founding editor at

Why USC Poached UW’s Jen Cohen (It’s all about the Coach)(and the Money, of Course)

In her seven-year tenure as top Dawg, Cohen made one good football coaching hire -- Kalen DeBoer, the current Huskies coach. Suddenly, she is golden. But until DeBoer delivered an 11-2 record in his rookie year at Montlake, she was a muddle in the middle of the college football industry's hierarchy.

College Football is in Full Conflagration: We Need a New National Model

Those who care about college football need to get their collective swerve on and demand swift demolition and rapid national reformation.

Why the PAC-12 is Doomed: Streamageddon

Since the mid-1980s, major college athletic departments were awash in revenues from the innovation of cable TV and its ravenous need for content to fill the 500-channel universe (remember that trope?). But these days, cable TV is shriveling, thanks to the latest innovation, streaming.

The Slow Death of Sports Journalism

Often overlooked in the sports journalism hand-wringing is the fact that the pro and college sports leagues shrewdly have taken over the business of daily news coverage of themselves. In creating,,, etc., the sites' wall-to-wall coverage far outstrips anything a single metro newsroom, or even a chain of newsrooms, can provide.

Fanfared and Fabulous: MLB All-Star Show Sends the Fans Home Chanting

Trifles? Well, yes. So? It is a frothy exhibition game, and we are Americans. As noted baseball historian Stephen Sondheim once wrote: Something appealing, something appalling.

The Mariners’ Participation Ribbon: The 2023 All-Star Game

As you may have heard, team and town are hosting the 93rd MLB All-Star Game, a four-day seamhead festival climaxing at 5 p.m. July 11 at T-ball Park with the nationally televised game on Fox. Since the award of each season's host city is done several years in advance, it is not merit-based.

State of the Pac-12: Everything Everywhere All at Once

It is a bad time to be last into a disrupted marketplace, particularly after the chaos of the new rules governing legal payments of private money to players (NIL) and the transfer portal.

Mariners are a Top-shelf Financial Success. But on the Field?

Baseball fans know well the hoary bromide that player payroll does not automatically convey success. But those in Seattle, with considerable justification, ask: We've tried it one way for 47 years, and remain the only team in MLB never to have made the World Series; can we try it the other way once?

The Difference a Year Makes: Kraken Make a Mark

By now, even rookie fans have learned that playoff hockey is like no other postseason in sports, and that seventh games are the acme of the sports orgasm. In their 47 years, the Sonics had only seven such games, and the Kraken now have two.

Game-Changers? Seahawks Mine Day One of the Draft for Rare Earth Metals

Simply put, the talent level of the NFC West leaders was notably above Seattle's last year. The Seahawks pursued the mantra of Best Players Available, instead of drafting to fill needier positions. If closing the gap on the 49ers and regaining NFC West supremacy is the 2023 prime directive, the only way to do it is with game-changing, rare-earth materials.