LOL Actually Bob I don't call it a kick back when I contact the leagues. I don't mention it at all. On a followup letter I do say the leagues can raise funds without any investment or risk of league money by getting a percentage of the sales. So far I am set on 10%. If anyone wants more than that I am going to ask that a minimum guarentee be given for sales by the league.
Just for anyone who is thinking of doing event photography I found a great site for finding leads. Visit eteamz.com click on the sport your interested in, enter your zipcode and you will be looking at a list of teams and leagues registered in eteamz.
What I have been doing over the past few days is searching that site and sending an email telling about my business. I also give them a link to my site where they can see what we do.
My suggestion, if your really serious, get a pro site like I did on printroom (if they ask for a reference please mention IndySportPhotos) which costs $99 to get started. Then I went to godaddy and registered my domain name, $16 for 2 years. I then linked the ISP.com to my printroom site and masked it. Now if I tell someone to go to IndySportPhotos.com they actually go to the printroom site but the browser bar still tells them they are at ISP.com.
So far I have had a few sales off that site and everything went smooth as could be. Do yourself one favor tho, download the Studio Manager, I think is what it was. Makes the uploads easy and quick, even with my dialup. It creates a thumbnail and when you have a sale it notifies you of what images you need to upload to fulfill the order. No need to upload a bunch of full size files. Just make sure your file names on the site are coordinated with file names on the cd you created to archive them. When you get an order the file name is listed as well as the image itself but, having the file name makes it real easy. I list them as 01, 02, 03 etc and then off the next card I continue with 01a, 02a, o3a etc and on to 01b, 02b 03b etc.
Also be sure to click on the "contact us" button and give them a call. Ask to speak with your sales manager. Mine is a guy named Jim and he has been very helpful and given me some good advice and suggestions. I can't recommend them enough. I know there are other sites out there that are free but, you get what you pay for. I checked out several vendors of this sort before deciding on printroom.
Good luck and if your in the Indy area, please disregard this information. LOL I don't mind helping someone out but, I don't want to do all the leg work and research to have them compete with me.
On shooting sports...If you see it happen then you didn't get it.