NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners are meeting with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith and a group of players for a second straight day in Maryland.

A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press that the negotiations have continued Wednesday and they include lawyers for both sides. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting are not being made public.

On Tuesday, several people familiar with the talks told the AP that significant progress was being made toward ending the owners' lockout of the players, now in its fourth month. There is even optimism that a new collective bargaining agreement could be reached by early July, allowing training camps to open on time later next month.

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