Motez spent his formative years in New York City obsessing about the Yankees and Giants. He subsequently lived in Kuwait, Boston and New Orleans before settling in London during the heyday of Cool Britannia. Motez earned an MBA from Tulane University and was a new media / tech industry investor before turning his focus to journalism. He also holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Boston University and an MA in International Journalism from City University in London. A front-row Arsenal season ticket holder, Motez can sometimes be spotted chatting with Mesut Ozil during corners.
Motez released his first book Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan in 2013, and is currently working on his second book, Athletes Who Rock! Achieving Stardom in Music and Sports over Just one Lifetime. (The top photo shows Motez (left) interviewing Swiss Olympian snowboarder Pat Burgener for the book in Manhattan Beach, California.)
Over the past few years, Motez has interviewed dozens of high-profile athletes from the NBA, NFL, Premier League, MLB and other sports, including: Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love, Chris Bosh, Steve Nash, Enes Kanter, Serge Ibaka, Rony Seikaly, Masai Ujiri, Nick Foles, Chris Long, Jurrell Casey, Melvin Ingram, Josh Lambo, Osi Umenyiora, Didi Gregorius, Alex Rodriguez, Bernie Williams, David Cone, David Wells, Bronson Arroyo, Ian Rush and Owen Hargreaves.
Motez served as a visiting professor at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, teaching news writing in spring 2018.
Awards and nominations:
2020 Tulane University, International Award for Exceptional Achievement
2019 The Best American Sports Writing, notable inclusion for From humble beginnings, Gay Bowl attracts NFL sponsors and touches lives (CNN.com)
2019 Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS) nomination, Writing Best Colour for From humble beginnings, Gay Bowl attracts NFL sponsors and touches lives (CNN.com)
2018 Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS) nomination, Writing Best Column for NFL players learning how not to go broke -- with the help of MBAs (CNN.com)
2017 Drum Online Media Award Winner, Best Freelance Writer
2017 Goalden Times WorldBall list of best football writing of 2017 honorary mention for Son of the King (The Blizzard).
2016 Drum Online Media Award runner-up / commendation for Best Freelance Writer
2015 Sports Media Pearl Award nomination for Wimbledon: Below the top 10, a life of budget dwellings and last-minute deals. (CNN.com)