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 and other sports, including: Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love, Chris Bosh, Steve Nash, Masai Ujiri, Nick Foles, Chris Long, Jurrell Casey, Melvin Ingram, Josh Lambo, Osi Umenyiora, Alex Rodriguez, Bernie Williams, David Cone, David Wells, Bronson Arroyo, Ian Rush and Owen Hargreaves.
Motez recently completed a visiting professorship at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, where he taught news writing in the spring semester of 2018.
Awards and nominations:
In 2018, Motez was shortlisted for an Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS) award under the "Writing Best Column" category for his work covering the NFL beat for CNN International.
In 2017 Motez was awarded the Drum Online Media Award for Best Freelance Writer; in 2016 he placed runner-up for the same award.
He was also given an honorary mention by the Goalden Times for its WorldBall list of best football writing of 2017 for his piece Son of the King featured in The Blizzard.
In 2015 Motez was nominated for a Sports Media Pearl Award for his article "Wimbledon: Below the top 10, a life of budget dwellings and last-minute deals."