World News – CA – BC Lions owner David Braley dies at 79


A former senator, Braley has also owned both the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats

BC Lions owner David Braley who died Monday morning, the Canadian Football League club announced

Lions say Braley, who owned the team since 1997 when he rescued the struggling BC franchise from bankruptcy, died in his sleep in his hometown of Hamilton, Ont.

« We share this news with the biggest of hearts David has been a proud and staunchly loyal owner of our team, a champion of the Canadian Football League and a leader for whom his love of our sport and our country is. went hand in hand and lasted for decadesWe share our deepest condolences with his family, friends and fans, ”said Lions President Rick LeLacheur

The cause of death has not been disclosed but the Lions have said Braley died in his sleep

Hamilton businessman and former Conservative senator was hospitalized in 2016 with a diabetes-related foot infection

Former Lions coach and general manager Wally Buono, who, along with the late team chief executive Bobby Ackles, helped Braley revive the BC franchise, has said he is heartbroken by the news

« It’s a sad day for all those who have touched David’s life Condolences to his family I love my friend, » Buono said on Twitter

For years, rumors circulated that the Lions were available for sale, but Braley’s asking price, which was once grossed at $ 40 million, seemed to scare off potential buyers

« How long will I continue to own the team? » It could be one, it could be eight, it could be 10 (years) I have no idea As long as I’m healthy I don’t see any pressure to sell If someone has $ 100 million then I might be thinking about selling Right now the team is not for sale And I’m looking forward to my 18th season, ”Braley said in 2014

Braley was also the owner of the Vancouver 86ers, later the Vancouver Whitecaps, of the now defunct professional soccer A-League from 1997 to 2000

The day Bob Ackles died has never been forgotten by those who spent time around #BCLions Today feels the same with the news of David Braley’s passing Our hearts go out to his family and to those who care about #CFL in Vancouver A torch has now passed

While David Braley’s contributions to #CFL are legendary, his philanthropic efforts were equally extraordinary As a college dropout, he still donated millions to his alma mater, McMaster U, for medical research and rehabilitation, family medicine, RIP sports facilities

The Lions have had a few rough years, but there’s no doubt they wouldn’t even be here without David Braley https: // tco / 4eK09O1bid

He purchased Hamilton-based Orlick Industries Limited in 1969 and remained the owner and president of the company until his death

Braley, who managed to own the Toronto Lions and Argonauts at the same time from 2010 to 2015, began owning the CFL in 1989 when he bought and ruled his hometown of the Tiger-Cats from Hamilton for three seasons before selling the club to a community group

« His dedication and commitment to Canadian football, the CFL and its players has been a tremendous legacy and his presence will be sadly missed by all, » the CFL Players Association said in a statement on Monday.

Echo this You can easily argue that Braley saved the league in 1996 when he took over the Lions He had his own ideas about running the team and the league for that matter But he loved the LCF deep inside himself https: // tco / Ie8Zn0JHos

He was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2012 and received the Order of Canada last year

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World News – CA – BC Lions owner David Braley dies at 79



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