Some companies have proprietary software that when the shooter puts the card in his computer it puts the photos in the system and a photo editor on the other side of the country will view / edit the photos. This is useful for events like golf and racing when it will take too long to get the files to an on site editor. I have seen guys shooting golf that carry a small computer with an internet card transmitting photos walking from the tee to the green.
Getty was pushing about 300 photos up per game for the NBA finals when the buzzer hit zero then ended up with around 1,000 later on at night.
I remember getty piping a LAN line under a road for the the royal wedding.
Or if you need them THAT fast...
The Times newspaper took a huge gamble when it decided to push the technological envelope to cover the event. “We got this new piece of software that enabled us to transmit the picture straight to a live gallery on the website, bypassing the picture desk completely and publishing the images within 30 seconds of them being taken,” explains Paul Sanders, Picture Editor of The Times.