There were a couple of very interesting posts in a thread on Sportsshooter a few months back which touched on this. One pro shooter said that his business model did indeed give away sports action shots for free. His rationale was that there was little to no money in this anyway, but the exposure it gave him and the contacts in the local community it made led to very profitable business in other areas, (senior, portrait, family, event, etc.). In this case the argument is that you're not giving your action shots away for free, but using them as advertising that you'd otherwise be paying for somewhere else.
Just another viewpoint that may or may not make sense in your specific case.
100+Right, That is what I am trying to explain with this thread. Its hard in all areas of the country to go in and tell a public high school that you want to photograph there sports program for xx$$$ when they dont have money to put into education. they also have yearbook staff (KIDS) doing a lot of the photography..
Its a give and take thing. I do donate my photography to one school for the fall fest. party and take portrait setup shots... the PTA sets the price and all $$ goes back to them....its like after printing $3.00 5x7 print
I make a lot of contacts with parents, seniors and wedding work from this word of mouth. Also that I am a photographer for hire in my area....NETWORKING....PRICELESS!