So Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams are going to jail for refusing to testify and give up their sources behind the book Game of Shadows. As an aspiring sports journalist, I've thought a lot about how I would react in a similar situation. On one hand, if you give up your sources you're blacklisted in your profession, the equivalent of a scab in baseball. You are a leper. You probably won't find work, and if you do you won't find anyone willing to trust you.
On the other hand, jail. 18 months isn't a terribly long time, but it's certainly enough (I think I'd break down and cry at around the 11th minute in prison).
I talked to my two editors who, as seasoned pros in the world of the sports media, might have some valuable insight. And I think I've come to a decision. Actually, I think I agree with one of my editors, who put it just about as eloquently and succinctly as one could hope:
Good for them, but I'd be singing like a bird.