Can't think of another person in CFL history who was both adored and reviled at the same time the way Braley was.
He certainly wanted things his way and when he didn't, people (especially commissioners) didn't seem to last that long. His marketing efforts were also straight out of the 1950's.
However, you have got to give the man his due respect for his enormous love for the CFL, and his willingness to keep infusing personal resources towards that end. It is not hyperbole to suggest that there would be no Hamilton TigerCats or BC Lions without this man (Toronto is a different story).
First he steps up to purchase his local team and receives very little if not no support from local politicians. In fact, they were downright hostile towards him regarding the team's lease and I believe threatened to serve the club with an eviction notice. Does he complain in the media? Does he threaten to move the team? No, he handles it with class.
Then he takes over a team on the opposite side of the country which was essentially dead in the marketplace with absolutely nobody local stepping up to take on the responsibility of ownership. He then continues to underwrite the team's losses for a few seasons until he seeks out one of the greatest managers in league history, and lets him operate the team on his own terms. In between time, he answers the call to take over ownership of another money losing professional sports organization (for a sport he wasn't even a real fan of), and keeps them afloat until a new owner could be found. I don't think that people realize just how bleak the pro sports scene was in the Vancouver area at the time, and how David Braley saved the day in that regard.
RIP David Braley.