My 'Press Pass' is from the National Press Photographer's Association.
That isn't a press pass. A press pass would come from someone with authority over the field.
I post my pictures on FaceBook and upload to Fotki for anyone that wants full size pics. I am not a professional photographer and do not charge for pics. I'll be making 8x10 pics of all the players on the HS team (40+ players) for free and the school will present them with frames at the end of season dinner. This is the same HS the principal works for.
If there is a pro there that sells, have some respect for the man that is busting his ass to try to feed his family and don't give everything away to everyone who wants it. Not a very nice thing to do to a fellow photographer.
I have the paper, ink, and printer so the actual cost to me is nothing but time; and I'll enjoy it.
Did you steal the paper, ink and printer? Did someone else steal it for you? It had to cost SOMETHING to someone, right?
The majority of the kids also simply could not afford to spend money on a picture;
Bull****. I bet they aren't walking barefoot to school. Playing football probably wasn't free.
I do feel that I should be allowed to access the sidelines to get pictures of my son's team playing football.
Why, just because your kid plays? Well, there might be 160 kids out there. Want to let all 320 parents on the sideline so they can take iPhone pics? Wait, some have step parents, too, so lets throw 400 parents on the sidelines so they can get a pic of their kid. They are entitled! It is their kid!