NBA talks resume after 16-hour session

By BRIAN MAHONEY | October 21, 2011 | 9:03 PM EDT

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, right, arrives for labor talks between the NBA and the players' association, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 in New York. NBA commissioner David Stern said last week during an interview with WFAN radio in New York that without a deal Tuesday, when the sides meet with federal mediator George Cohen, his "gut" was that there wouldn't be NBA basketball on Christmas. The man at left is NBA security agent Greg Robinson. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA owners and players are meeting for a second straight day, shortly after finishing a 16-hour marathon with a federal mediator.

The sides resumed talks about 10 a.m. Wednesday, about eight hours after they broke for the night.

No bargaining had been expected Wednesday or Thursday, since the owners have board meetings. But instead their labor relations committee came back for further discussions with the players' association executive committee.

Neither side commented on Tuesday's talks at the request of mediator George Cohen.

Commissioner David Stern wanted a deal to bring to his owners this week, otherwise he warned more games may be canceled. Already the first two weeks of the season have been lost.