Derek Robertson is a freelance writer based in Chicago. Follow him on Twitter @afternoondelete.

Somewhere last weekend, Roger Goodell, the NFL’s ruddy, perpetually beleaguered commissioner, surely savored the opportunity to enjoy a rare moment of schadenfreude at another league’s expense. Adam Silver, Goodell’s counterpart in the NBA, was forced into frantic damage control after a tweet from the Houston Rockets’ general manager voiced support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, infuriating the league’s deep-pocketed Chinese partners.

Suddenly, the tables were turned: The NBA, a new-media darling for its social justice advocacy, played the…

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