http://sports.yahoo.com/news/soccer...-guest.html;_ylt=AhXhfBfZPmOzsHfBXHemn78mw7YF Author of Soccernomics, writer for Financial Times, and well known soccer economics pundit in general. Podcast interview, starts at 10th minute, finishes 15th. Talks about wage structure and emerging markets, America's drawing power, its growing base of talent, and a few other tidbits. Doesn't really quantify a lot of the stuff said, and its nothing we haven't heard before, but its interesting that Simon feels so strongly in favour of MLS over most other countries already. There are many ways to measures a leagues standing, and Simon clearly feels that lifestyle, level of corruption, players safety and facilities among other things are key to that. On player wages and prestige, MLS misses out, but I think hes right in lumping it within the top 10 if you take all factors into account.