In a lengthy interview with the Sunday Herald Sun, Seven sports commentator has answered rumours about his sexuality, many of which have stemmed from his unique style.
“Well, I’m not gay. I’m a normal well, I shouldn’t say I’m a normal bloke, because gay guys are no different. Nothing like that worries me,” he said.
“Anything that is said about me, or inferred about me like that, it never worries me. It doesn’t have an impact on me. It doesn’t change me in one way or another. It’s irrelevant, because it’s not true.”
McAvaney is a regular a source of comedy for the AFL Footy Show team, which lampoons some of his terminology.
“I understand there are going to be rumours that have started, that may have been completely started by someone who has never met me or had nothing to do with me.”
But while many mock his emotive calling style, he is widely recognised for his recall of obscure sports facts.
McAvaney, who has called seven Olympic Games since the 1984 Los Angeles games, also concedes it will be difficult to watch the London Games on Nine.
“But I’ve got to say to myself, I’ve done seven Summer Olympics.
“How happy am I?”
The inimitable commentator adds that he hopes to see out his career at Seven.
“I’m 56, I’m not sure how much longer, A, I’ll keep going at this level, and B, how much they want me. It’s a combination of where the station is at, where I’m at, and who has the rights to football.”