NEW YORK (AP) — NFL owners and players have met for a second straight day in New York, with Judge Arthur Boylan joining Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith.

The league and the players association issued a joint statement Wednesday saying the “confidential discussions” are part of ongoing mediation and are “expected to continue” in the near future.

It is the second time in a week that the sides got together. Last week, they met near Chicago, then headed to the federal appeals court in St. Louis to argue the legality of the lockout, which began March 12 and remains in force.

Goodell told Buccaneers ticket holders Wednesday that “any time we’re talking that’s a positive because I believe both sides want to find solutions.”

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