There are no major league professional sports teams in Nevada. Las Vegas has a minor league baseball team, the 51s, in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Las Vegas and Reno have hosted many professional boxing title bouts. Golfing and rodeo are also popular.

The basketball team at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas emerged as a national power in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Runnin' Rebels won the National Championship in 1990.

Other annual sporting events include the Open at Reno-Tahoe in Reno in August, the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas in October, the Nationals Finals Rodeo staged in Las Vegas each December, and the 400 at Las Vegas in March.

Among those born in Nevada, Andre Agassi is the most well known. He is one of the top tennis stars in the world.