Originally Posted by ABOBB
The major sanctioning body from the past, and the organization that now puts on Monster Jam, has come to be owned by a group that Bob Chandler did not see eye to eye with.
This group started buying, building and operating their own trucks, eventually to the point that they had enough trucks in their own stable that they did not have a need to hire outside contractors to provide talent. At that point, they cut the price they were willing to pay to outside contractors, and Chandler balked. He argued (correctly in my opinion) that BigFoot was the original, and the most popular monster truck anywhere, and because of that deserved to be paid more. The organization essentially told Chandler to take that idea and shove it.
The two camps parted ways. Chandler, and BigFoot, now book and put on their own shows accross the country, along with Paul Schaffer, who owns several teams himself. Meanwhile, the other group has since bought Grave Digger, and a bunch of other trucks.. and has the funding and the political pull to get their shows on tv, in the big arenas, etc.
Your pretty much on with that. I work a Monster Jam show when I can,(Nashville 2003 and 2004, Atlanta 2005 and this year, I'm the one on the "crash cart" that comes out when a truck rolls over, I got alot of track time this year, I also got to drive the "Blue Thunder" Ford CC Dually.
) I've watched both and the Monster Jam shows are a better show than the B.F. shows and have alot more safety built into these shows.(I.E. no one on the floor, except the starters and they have to clear the floor before the trucks start.), and many other things that go into the safety of not only the competitors but the fans also.
If anyone is interested in working these shows, USHRA looks for local clubs to help with the shows, (Hanging banners, safety equipment, building tv sets, marking the track etc.), it is good for a money raising project for the club and you do work beside the USHRA officials during the show. It is fun to do, but hard work, if anyone is interested.