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Sports Business Reporters Richard Sandomir, Darren Rovell Spar On Twitter

The N.Y. Times' Richard Sandomir and CNBC's Darren Rovell Friday engaged in an extensive back and forth on Twitter that "exploded into a ferocious battle," according to Matt Yoder of AWFUL ANNOUNCING. The dispute began after Sandomir broke the news of the MSG/Time Warner agreement on Twitter and Rovell confirmed the report. Below are a few of the tweets sent by the two sports business reporters.

Rovell: "Confirmed @RichSandomir's report on MSG-TWC deal."

Sandomir: "@darrenrovell Gee, thanks! You confirmed a solid story that didn't need your confirming. You're so keen." 

Rovell: "@RichSandomir how much credit are u looking for? I was driving in my car and [WFAN-AM's Mike] Francesa didn't have the courtesy to credit u."

Sandomir: "@darrenrovell When you say 'confirmed,' it sounds as if it's not official until you say it. Can't you just RT?"

Rovell: "Thats what I have to do if I don't report it."

Sandomir: "@darrenrovell I don't want ur credit if it means you 'confirmed' it; that's gauche; means my work needs your imprimatur.It doesn't."

Rovell: "Noted. Wont credit you anytime you report something before me."

The two continued their back and forth. View the entire conversation (, 2/17).