The latest in a string of lawsuits involving athletes comes after former Olympians and coaches accused of sexual misconduct are suing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The athletes, athletes from the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, have been accused of inappropriate sexual advances, rape, assault and other sexual abuse.
In the class action suit filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the plaintiffs allege that athletes from several schools, including Duke University, North Carolina State University and Harvard University, have raped them and harassed them over the course of several years.
The suit, filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by the National Basketball Association Players Association, claims that the athletes have suffered irreparable harm, including emotional distress and permanent disability, which will likely be permanent.
Former NCAA president David Boren and his replacement, Mike Slive, were not immediately available for comment.
It was the second time the plaintiffs have filed a class-action suit against the NCAA.
In a case brought in February, the case against the league was dismissed in November.
In March, former NBA star Michael Jordan was also charged with sexual assault in a federal criminal case involving an alleged incident involving two women, one of whom was a former Duke lacrosse player.
Following the Duke case, US district Judge Amy Berman Jackson granted a request by former NBA player Jerry Stackhouse to be allowed to represent himself in the case.