"Politicians should butt out of sports."
Pols and others who like to do our thinking for us should butt out of just about everything in life, not just sports.
As to rationalizing government interference in almost every aspect of life with reams statistics- no need and no point. Society's purpose is not to impose rules on everyone else about how they must behave and live their lives. It's purpose is to impose limits on how much anyone can interfere with anyone else. Period.
It's those who desire to live life without consequences or personal responsibility, demanding the nanny state be imposed on everyone else, who are the self-serving ones among us.