In N.Y., Andrew Marchand cited sources as saying that ESPN "has interest in adding" free agent LF Curtis Granderson to its baseball broadcasts next season if he "can't find a team to play with." The net "has some openings this offseason" after David Ross left to become Cubs manager, while Ryan Howard has "chosen not to return after one year." Granderson "could potentially do some games and studio work." If he waits until Spring Training to "decide whether to play, the timing could be a bit tight, though not necessarily a deal breaker" (N.Y. POST, 12/12).
EYE ON THE BALL: Streaming service CBS Sports HQ is closing out '19 with strong viewership growth. September, October and November now rank as the platform's top three months, respectively, for unique viewers, with each month driving more than 100% growth year-over-year. In November, viewers streamed more than 111 million minutes, making it the second biggest month (after February '19) in terms of time spent" (Eric Prisbell, THE DAILY).
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: TSN's Clippers-Raptors broadcast on Wednesday averaged nearly 1 million viewers, making it the net's most-watched regular season NBA game on record. Nearly 3.2 million unique Canadian viewers tuned in for some part of the game, which featured Clippers F Kawhi Leonard's return to Toronto after winning the '18-19 NBA title (TSN).
BACK IN ACTION: K.C.-based KCSP-AM host Josh Vernier will "return as the station's Royals Insider," the same role he held from '13-18. Vernier joined the station's Ron Hughley for the midday "Show and Vern" show. Hughley last month was "let go by the station" (K.C. STAR, 12/12).