Would you begrudge a football fan who is using tax dollars to attend the game? Or if the government was subsidizing the athletes' wages? I think we would throw a fit if we were being charged $100 per seat at a football game and the players didn't earn enough money to stay off of welfare.
The athletes make a lot of money, but the people cleaning the stadium, selling concessions, and other small jobs do not make that much money.
I have never said they have to make equal amounts of pay. Also the stadium employees are not employees of the players. Most of the people I know that work at Gillette Stadium here in Mass. do so on a part time basis because they make a buttload of money for 1 event.