1999 NBA lockout
The NBA became the last major sports league in the United States to lose games to a work stoppage. The league saw two lockouts before 1998, but neither of them lasted into the regular season. The 1998-99 NBA season was shortened to 50 games due to a lockout that began on July 1, 1998 and lasted until January 20, 1999. At issue were player salaries and a proposed rookie pay scale. The union was hurt by a fracturing of its members; many players felt they were digging in to protect only those players with the highest salaries and wanted settle. In the end a salary cap was introduced, as well as a rookie pay scale. The league's minimum salary was increased to $287,500, a $15,000 raise from before the lockout.