Connecticut Public Television this month kicks off a 24/7 sports channel running high school, college and other sporting events throughout the state. CPTV Sports will debut on Comcast and Cox cable systems, and expand to over-the-air and additional cable outlets early in 2012, the station said in an announcement (PDF). Coverage will include more than 40 schools and organizations, with mainstream sports (baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer) as well as auto racing, cheerleading championships, and Special Olympics. Future programming brings rugby, softball, cricket and roller derby, along with sports-related shows on topics such as sports medicine. Bob Yalen, formerly with ESPN and ABC Sports, is channel director.