I’ll respond my take on it as I don’t do this as 100% of my income. But Do I really work in this business? Yes. Do I work it full time? No. Have I shot high school sports and been paid a game fee of $250+? Yes. Have I shot for less? Of course. I’ve one daily I’ll shoot with a game fee of $75, but I also don’t have to be there the whole game, and typically will cover another game for them that same day. Couple that with sales, the game fees will easily be half of what I make. Have I turned down game fees of $75 for a high school game? Yep…just last month. The publisher required exclusivity for all images for 90 days. Not worth it to me. And just to point out last month I did make on average over $200 per game just for High School. And I’ll add that I do know of several other stringers that command higher rates than this. Not too uncommon.
And it would be my opinion that comparing wire services to the OP is apples to oranges. I don’t shoot for wire services, but last I heard they receive commissions on sales (35-50% although that is dropping as well), and its guaranteed assignments week in and week out. But of course that’s for the full timers. That’s not me and that’s not the OP. They are making more money than I am shooting sports on a yearly figure at the ‘lower’ game rate. Guaranteed income will always dictate lower per unit fee. But again I don’t shoot for wire services so the above info is just what I understand it to be reading blogs.
And as I said, the bottom line is you typically don’t pick the fee…you just get to pick if you accept the terms they’re offering. If the OP (or the other poster in here) thinks it is worth their time to shoot two hours, then edit two hours for $75 or $95 per game then great. If that was my only option for that time period then I’d probably do it too. But until then I’d pass.