Monster Jam is a Monster Truck series promoted by USHRA and is owned by FELD Motorsports. The series was started in 1992 and is the longest running series to date. It is unique because a majority of the trucks that compete with Monster Jam are owned by the same company that owns Monster Jam, FELD. The series has had many tours, including a European tour, a Canadian tour, an Australian tour, an arena tour (Thunder Nationals), a freestyle-only tour (Freestyle Mania), and two summer tours (Path of Destruction and Summer Heat.) Six video games and one mobile app have been released by Monster Jam. Between 1997 and 2002, a points series was featured on the circuit. In 2015, the points set up was reintroduced in two new tours, #MoreMonsterJam and the Fox Sports 1 Championship series. Every year since 2000, a World Finals has taken place at the end of March.
1992-Monster Jam is owned by Pace Motorsports
1992-Monster Jam is started under the name "Monster Wars"
1992-Thunder Nationals is started
1997-Monster Jam is started
1997-"Inside Monster Jam" is broadcast on ESPN 2
1998-Pace gains the naming rights to Grave Digger
1998-Monster Jam is broadcast on TNN's Motor Madness
1999-Pace gains the naming rights to Bulldozer
2000-SFX gains the naming rights to Monster Jam
2000-A contract is started with SFX where SFX can run trucks based off of popular WWE wrestlers
2000-First World Finals takes place
2001-Contract with WWE ends
2002-Clear Channel gains the naming rights to Monster Jam
2003-First show out of North America takes place in Paris, France
2003-Monster Jam begins to be broadcast on Speed
2005-First show on the European tour takes place
2006-Live Nation gains the naming rights to Monster Jam
2009-FELD Motorsports gains the naming rights to Monster Jam
2009-Advance Auto Parts becomes the title sponsor
2010-Freestyle Mania is introduced
2012-Path of Destruction tour starts
2014-Advance Auto Parts drops out as sponsor & title sponsor
2014-Monster Jam begins to be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2
2014-#MoreMonsterJam is introduced in December
2015-The Fox Sports 1 Championship Series is started
2017-Monster Jam celebrates their 25th Anniversary
Motor Madness Points Series
1999-Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger) (Points Champion)
In the recent years, Monster Jam has become the target of much controversy in the monster truck industry.
Monster Jam has received much criticism for recent stadium and arena tracks, due to the lack of crush cars as well as, in general, uninteresting obstacles. However, the controversy accelerated even more recent years after FELD, despite claiming otherwise, was showing signs of ignoring fans complaints to tracks.
Monster Jam has also been criticized for censorship. In 2017, FELD censored guns from several trucks, including Gunslinger, changing it to Slinger, as well as altering Metal Mulisha and Soldier Fortune to remove the guns. Fans have heavily criticized this act of censorship as cowardly and unnecessary.
Due to the rapidly growing controversy in the sport, many fans have consequently left Monster Jam in favor of Monster Truck Throwdown, a monster league that debuted in 2012, and is gaining popularity.